On March 22nd, 2018, at Mabel Hoggard Elementary School, fifth-graders participated in the "Quizwise" Math Bowl 2018, answering questions that demonstrated their mathematical excellence. Four teams competed for prizes and bragging rights, performing admirably. The competition happened during Mabel Hoggard's annual Math and Science Night, a celebration of the school's STEM culture. The Mathematical theme was at the school's request, to tie in to the night's events. The school was a happening place that night, with food trucks, games, and playing students galore.
Being a tournament director and reader for the elementary students was a totally different ball game. We were more informal, often rereading the questions and giving the students more time on the bonuses.
Dr. Maglicco, of Mabel Hoggard Elementary, helped coordinate the event with AAQB.
Congratulations to the Team "Joe's Hotdogs," who won the tournament, made up of Michael Reynolds, Nyomi Barraza, Rayne Montgomery, and Bryce Bishaw.
They were followed by Team "Asian Squad," made up of Zander Chu, Lauren Oliver, Cameron, and Suchir Sunkara.
In third place came Team "Mathematical Big Birds," containing Ninna Wang, Joshua Palenko, Olivia Hua, and Amanda Manzano.
Finally, in fourth place came Team "Salty Crackers," with Ishitha Jayasinghe, Kirina McLeod, Carl, and Yonathan Abiy.
We were heartened by the turnout, and when we gave away prizes, the cafeteria was absolutely packed with teachers and students. In light of the interest, for next year, we're planning on making the event county-wide and allowing other elementary schools to participate, and adding science to the tournament.
Congrats to all teams who competed, and we here at AAQB are eagerly awaiting next year's "Quizwise" tournament!
Samuel Goodman, Daniyal Qazi, Austin Parkerson, and Kevin Sun shone yesterday as Hyde Park Team C. Samuel Goodman's performance was impressive, considering he had never been to a quiz bowl tournament, with a stat line of 5-17-2. He was also the top scorer of the tournament. The coach for Hyde Park MS is Ms. Janet Weinstein.
Second place was won by Doral Academy Red Rock, led by Anna Weigand, whose performance was also impressive, with a stat line of 1-16-0. She was the second scorer of the tournament. Her teammates were Joseph Steuber, James Steuber, Keean Baltazar, Zach Sideco, and Sage Koebcke. The coach for Doral Academy Red Rock is Mr. Matt Albert.
Third place was secured by Hyde Park Team B, captained by Alexander Fiore, who tied for 3rd scorer. He was well supported by Colin Jewell, Bryce Wetjen, and Lewis Hwang.
Del Webb came in fourth place with Roberto Caalim showing a strong performance and tying for 3rd scorer. He was aided by Kennedy Bitsko, Catherine James, Ella King, Eden Park, Adam Drazba, Raven Caalim, and Kayleb Longoria. Del Webb's coaches are Mr. Calvin Lin and Mr. Roy Leon.
Congratulations to Coach Matt Albert, Coach Justin Sharp, and Mr. Paul Villaluz! AAQB has recognized these coaches for their contributions to Quiz Bowl in Las Vegas, on March 3rd, which has been proclaimed "Learn Through Quiz Bowl" Day by Mayor Goodman.