Quiz Bowl place 4th at State Tournament

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The team proudly presenting their hard work and dedications, or in this case, the 4th place trophy at the Arkansas Quiz Bowl class 5A tournament.

The team proudly presenting their hard work and dedications, or in this case, the 4th place trophy at the Arkansas Quiz Bowl class 5A tournament.

The team proudly presenting their hard work and dedications, or in this case, the 4th place trophy at the Arkansas Quiz Bowl class 5A tournament.

Sarah Nguyen, Senior Journalist

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The MHS quiz bowl team traveled to White Hall High School in Pine Bluff, AR on 4/7 to compete in the Quiz Bowl State tournament. To be able to qualify to compete in the state tournament, teams must place at least 4th place and up at the regional tournament. The MHS quiz bowl team cut very close and placed 4th at the Regional tournament hosted in Magnolia this past March.

Quiz Bowl members grab a quick breakfast before they head to State tournament in White Hall. Pictured are Mariah Gueverra, starter of the team, Emma Schroeder, Abbie Young, Sarah Nguyen, manager, Assistant Coach Josh Depner, Lazanee Miller, starter Terrell Paige, Mason Cotton and Keyvonnie Nelson.

The team arrived early and spent their spare time studying, not letting any minute pass away. They even studied on the bus!

Terrell Page and Lazanee Miller study hard before the tournament.

The first three games of the tournament is called round-robin, or where the opponents are decided by letters and rankings from the regional tournament to play against another team.  These round-robin game will then determine the seating of each team on the bracket. The first game Magnolia played with was Paragould. The game was a tight one, fluctuating between who got the leads in the game and ended with Magnolia at 195 and Paragould at 200. We then proceed to the second game against Pulaski Academy with difficult questions about fiefdom and Mt. Pelon. This game ended with Magnolia losing 185 to 275. However, this did not break the team’s spirit. They kept on trying their best, plowing through each questions with determination. They play their last round-robin game against Little Rock Christian Academy where they lost 155-280.

The quiz bowl team concentrates as the moderator ask the questions.

After lunch, the team began the bracket tournament where the loser will head home after losing the game and the winner will advance until determined winner. The two team that is 1st and 2nd place will also head home after being determined their placement and return as competitors and will be broadcast on AETN and play for cash prize. Magnolia started off their bracket game playing against Valleyview and won with a 100 point gap at 240 to 140, bringing back the fire to the team. Magnolia then advances to the next round, playing a classic rival, De Queen. This was another tight game, however, Magnolia was victorious and won 235 to 230. This lead the MHS quiz bowl team to the semi-finals, playing against Little Rock Christian Academy who won first in their region and also a many time champion in the quiz bowl field. Though they lost 170-245, the team was not giving in to the game. They continue to play yet another match against Harrison, the winner of the AETN tournament last year, for a 3rd and 4th placement in this tournament. Magnolia lost 135 – 230, but they were still happy with the results.

The team showcase their excitement after winning 4th place by exhibiting silly faces and poses.

The senior quiz bowl team members. Pictured are Trey Fronek, Bowen Arnold, Co-captain Aaron Henson, Darryl Witcher, Manager Sarah Nguyen, and Captain Ryan Hudgens.

Asked, Coach Amanda McMahan said,”They have worked very hard, and I am very proud of them. We put in daily practices for 2 months, plus hours of studying flashcards.  It’s a wonderful honor to be their coach, and I expect great things from the team next year. ”

The team’s next year goal is making it to AETN and attend nationals in Chicago using the winning cash prize.

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