Grand County Middle School placed in the top three yet again in both brackets, in the third junior high-level Quiz Bowl event of the season. The tournament was held March 20 at Green River High School and included teams of students in the sixth through ninth grades.
In the junior varsity bracket, the GCMS T-Birds went 3-2 overall, losing only to champion Mont Harmon Middle School’s “White” team. Grand Middle took home the second-place trophy in that bracket.
Grand County High School’s team of ninth-graders also went 3-2, taking fourth place overall.
In the varsity tournament, the closest match of the day was between the two Grand County schools in the one-loss bracket. With both teams facing elimination, the Grand County High School team and the Grand County Middle School team battled back and forth before ending the 25-question game tied 105-105.
The game then went to sudden-death overtime, and question reader Chip Beall then had to read one or more extra questions, any of which, if answered correctly, would win the game outright.
Both teams then missed the next seven questions, however, as the already intense pressure built up. Finally, on the eighth tiebreaker question, a noticeably easier one, the teams were asked what the steps of a ladder are called. Grand Middle School’s Tobin Wainer rang in and correctly answered “rung.”
The GCMS team went on to win one more game after that before losing to eventual champion Canyon View Junior High, which emerged from the one-loss bracket to defeat Mont Harmon’s “Blue” team twice in a row in the finals. GCMS came away with third place overall out of the eight teams in the varsity tournament.
Earlier this month, Grand County High School and Grand County Middle School posted strong finishes at another junior high Quiz Bowl tournament held in Moab on Thursday, March 14. The Quiz Bowl events are organized and conducted by the Southeast Education Service Center, based in Price.
Grand High School’s team of five freshmen went undefeated and won the junior varsity tournament, which took place in the GCHS band room. The Red Devils won all four of their games, beating Canyon View Junior High, San Rafael Junior High, Grand Middle School, and the other San Rafael Junior High team to win the first-place trophy.
Members of Grand High’s team were Tommy DeWitt, Tressa Renn, Seth Holyoak, Hannah Rice, and Preston Bagley-Gurtner.
Each game consisted of 25 questions, with each question worth between 5 and 20 points. Questions covered a wide range of academic topics. For example, Grand High’s Cody Jones was able to name two of the nine members of the United Nations with names starting with the letter “L.” He responded with Latvia and Libya. One tricky math question asked for the product of x(b-b), but both teams missed the correct answer of zero in both tournaments.
A few of the questions even included a bit of humor. Austin Aubry of GCHS was able to correctly fill in the punchline of John Dryden’s wife’s epitaph: “Now she’s at rest, and so am I.”
Grand Middle School, which had won the JV tournament the week before in Price, settled for third place this time after losing to both GCHS and to San Rafael.
Grand Middle School also took third overall in the nine-team varsity tournament, winning their first two games before losing to eventual champion Mont Harmon Jr. High. In the one-loss bracket, Grand then lost to Canyon View Jr. High, which went on to take second place.
Grand County High School fielded two teams in the varsity tournament, with the GCHS Red team beating the GCHS White team in a close game in the second round and eliminating them from the tournament. The GCHS Red team won its next game before losing to Canyon View Junior High.
The next junior high-level Quiz Bowl sponsored by the Southeast Education Service Center is scheduled for April 4 at Emery High School in Castle Dale.