North Hagerstown High School’s academic quiz team headed to national championship


North Hagerstown High’s academic quiz team will soon be competing for a national championship.

On Wednesday morning, members of the academic quiz team practiced for their upcoming tournament in Dallas.

They broke into two groups and answered questions ranging from a variety of topics including history, science and pop culture.

Steven Heller, the team’s advisor, said he likes to practice as though it’s the actual tournament. 

“What we do is use previous questions, guides about common topics to practice questions in a format that’s similar to what happens in the tournament,” Heller said.

This team will be competing against over 250 schools in the country.

Team members said they practiced hard every week and had to qualify locally to advance.

“We competed against Boonsboro and another school in Washington County, and Southern Fulton, who was hosting it, actually produced three teams, so it was five teams total and we ended up winning,” said Arine Stark.

At the tournament, teams will compete in head-to-head match ups where they will answer 24 questions in a round.

Teams that perform well enough will advance to the final round on Sunday, where the champion will be crowned. Tolu Emokpae is one of the captains and said he believes his team has a good shot.

“I can’t guarantee anything. I can’t guarantee a win because I don’t know what the other teams are like nationally. I don’t know how they prepare or anything like that, but I think we will definitely qualify for more than a few rounds,” Emokpae said.  

The team says win or lose, they just want to have fun and meet new people.

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