With its strong finish at the 29th annual Walton Academic Challenge, the quiz bowl team from Dunwoody High School proved themselves worthy to play on a national stage. The team is representing their school in a 334-team national competition: National Academic Quiz Tournaments’ High School National Championship.
Quiz Bowl is a competitive, academic, interscholastic activity for teams of four students. Quiz bowl teams use buzzers to answer questions about science, math, history, literature, mythology, geography, social science, current events, sports and popular culture. The matches feature a blend of individual competition and team collaboration because no individual player is likely to be an expert in all subjects. Participation in Quiz Bowl reinforces lessons from the classroom and encourages players to develop new intellectual interests.
Dunwoody has attended the High School National Championship Tournament four times before. Most recently, in 2017, they made the playoffs and finished in 97th place.
Last year’s tournament featured 352 of the top high school teams from across the United States, with Plano West Senior High School of Plano, Texas, winning. Plano West defeated Hunter College High School A of New York (who had themselves won the previous two championships) to claim the championship.
The team comes in with some experience: Mattias Andrew played the 2015 Middle School National Championship Tournament in Dallas, Texas, and the 2014 Middle School National Championship Tournament in Atlanta. Andrew captains the team and is joined by Luke Freedman, Robert Freedman and Nathan Stefanik. The team is coached by Ryan Anderson.