Last weekend, a total of ten members on the NMU Quiz Bowl Team competed in a sectional championship tournament in the Midwest.
On Feb. 4, the team traveled to Minneapolis, Minnesota where they competed in multiple divisions on behalf of NMU. In Division I, which consists of players with national-level experience, NMU’s “A” squad finished in 5th place out of six teams, defeating Michigan Tech, NMU’s rival. Fifth-year senior and digital cinema major Paul Flaminio finished in eighth place individually out of all Division I players.
In Division II, NMU’s “B” squad placed second ahead of Carleton College, Iowa State, Michigan Tech, and ten other universities. NMU senior Annika Peterson, history and math major placed second individually among all players in the division.
NMU’s “C” squad, also in Division II, placed 13th out of 14 teams, also defeating Michigan Tech.
Approximately 70 students attended the tournament from various universities around the Midwest.
The Quiz Bowl tournament consists of a buzzer system in which a team can interrupt the question being asked if they know the answer. The questions asked are mostly academic, with a slight few being based on sports and music and others on miscellaneous items.
“This past tournament, one question was about a Japanese work of literature written over 1000 years ago, while another question was about Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade.’” said senior and graphic communications major Kendall Plapp, a Quiz Bowl team officer.
NMU’s Quiz Bowl team meets on Thursdays and Sundays, welcoming students of every major to come and join.
“For people who do join, you will have the opportunity to learn various things outside of your major, as well as reinforce the things you have learned in your major,” Sophomore Treasurer Daniel Saubert, computer science and math major said.
The next event for the Quiz Bowl team is a pop-culture tournament in Minneapolis on Feb. 25, 2017.