Over the months of December, January, and February, Connecticut Quiz Bowl teams have been busy attending tournaments and preparing for the end-of-season State Championship and National tournaments.
On December 2nd, Darien High School attended the Columbia Winter Tournament, which used the Maryland Fall regular difficulty housewrite. Darien A placed 4th overall in the National Division, while Darien B placed 3rd overall in the Standard Division. Julia Tong from Darien A was the top individual scorer for the National Division of the tournament, while Iman Onbargi from Darien B placed 2nd individually in the Standard Division.
On February 10th, Darien, Greens Farms Academy, and Suffield attended the Bulldog High School Academic Tournament, a tournament hosted by Yale on a housewritten regular-plus set. Darien A went undefeated in the preliminary rounds to make the top bracket, placing 6th overall. Greens Farms Academy also made the top bracket and ultimately placed 7th. Both Darien B and Suffield A made the second bracket of playoffs, placing 13th and 14th respectively. Karsten Rynearson from Greens Farms Academy continued his successful season as the tournament’s top individual scorer; Julia Tong placed 2nd individually overall.
On February 17th, Columbia also hosted their Spring tournament on NAQT’s Small School National Championship Tournament (SSNCT) Set. In the Nationals Division, Darien A placed 4th overall. Wilton High School made the second playoff bracket, ultimately placing 3rd in that bracket. In the Standard Division, Darien B made the Consolation 2 bracket after missing a player during preliminary rounds; they ultimately placed at the top of that bracket. Alexander Koutsoukos from Wilton was the 2nd highest individual scorer in the National Division, and Alex DelVecchio from Darien B was the 2nd highest individual scorer in the Standard Division.
Substantially more Connecticut schools competed at this year’s Connecticut History Bee and Bowl competition at Newtown High School on March 3. Greens Farms, led by Varsity Bee champion John Selkowitz but missing Rynearson, placed 2nd in the Varsity Bowl to Fordham Prep A (NY), ahead of semifinalists Immaculate and Suffield A. In the Junior Varsity division, JV bee champion Alex DelVecchio and Darien defeated Alex and Lukas Koutsoukos of Wilton, who placed 2nd and 3rd in the JV bee, in the final. Several schools competed for the first time in recent memory: Ridgefield made the semifinals of the JV bowl, while Bethel High brought 4 teams, one of which qualified for JV nationals. Masuk faced a daunting schedule that wound up including four of the top five varsity bowl teams and went 0-5.
We wish all Connecticut teams the best of luck as they prepare for the rest of the season, and encourage them to register for the Connecticut State Championships on March 24th.