SUSCC College Bowl Team is National Runner Up

Published 10:35 am Wednesday, February 28, 2024

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ROSEMONT, ILLINOIS – The college bowl team from Southern Union State Community College finished
second in the nation this past weekend at the NAQT Community College Quiz Bowl Championship.
Chipola A of Marianna, Florida, took first place defeating SUSCC in an advantaged final. Southern Union
delivered Chipola their only loss of the tournament in the first round of the advantaged final, winning a
close match 270-250, but Chipola rebounded in the second match 230-195 to win the tournament.
Southern Union finished the tournament with an 11-3 record, losing two matches to Chipola and one to
third-place team Murray State College of Tishomingo, Oklahoma. To reach the final, Southern Union
avenged its playoff loss to Murray State, winning 365-120.
The leading scorer for the tournament was Southern Union's captain William Hughes, who had a scoring
average of 123.36. Hughes, a sophomore, led a team composed of sophomore Josh Kroll, and freshmen
Lane Aldridge, Abbie Hardin, and Macey Slick. Hughes was also selected as a tournament all-star.
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, since no individual player is likely to be an expert in all subject
areas. Participation in quiz bowl both reinforces lessons from the classroom and encourages players to
develop new intellectual interests.
The tournament was comprised of 24 teams that competed in four pools of six and then the top teams
were placed in a championship pool of eight, and played round robin matches against the other teams in
the championship pool.
National Academic Quiz Tournaments, founded in 1996, organizes the premier middle school, high
school, and college quiz bowl championships in North America. In addition to its national
championships, NAQT provides questions

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