THE ISLAND TREES ACADEMIC TEAM TAKES THEIR GAME FROM LONG ISLAND TO
June 6, 2018
After finishing the spring in strong fashion with a fourth overall
finish among Varsity teams in the Long Island Regional Quiz Bowl and by
finishing third in the inaugural Bard Bowl, the Island Trees Academic
Team wrapped up their fine year by competing in the National Academic
Quiz Tournament (NAQT) High School National Championship in Atlanta and
the Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence (PACE) National
Scholastic Tournament in Reston, Virginia.
Among a 350-team field in Atlanta, the Island Trees squad, comprised of
seniors Kenneth Chan and Jonathan Garcia and Juniors David Wendt, Thomas
Zamroz, and Joshua Kim, spent their Memorial Day weekend among some of
the best and biggest Quiz Bowl teams in the nation. Their efforts did
not go unnoticed as they finished within the top one-third of those
competing, tying for 77th place nationwide. In Atlanta, David
Wendt was a force to be reckoned with as he finished 50th
among the 1,665 participants in individual scoring.
The boys then took the show on the road the next weekend to Reston,
Virginia, where in the shadows of the Nation's Capital the Island Trees
squad faced a much smaller field of seasoned teams in the PACE National
Scholastic Tournament. After 18 grueling matches which saw Island Trees
face multiple challenges, the boys were rewarded for their efforts by
finishing second in the Small School Division of national schools
participating. David Wendt continued his stellar play by finishing 40th
among the 403 individuals participating in the preliminaries, placing
him in the top ten percent of the field. In the playoff rounds, David
did even better, finishing 17th among the 403 players to
finish in the top four percent of the field.
These tournaments wrap up what was a fine year of expanded competition
for the Island Trees Academic Team. We hope that this continues to build
momentum for our Quiz Bowl team as we continue to look for new members
to join each year, especially from the new crop of students coming into
the ninth grade next year at Island Trees High School. With that, we
hope the boys get some rest and that all of you have a great summer
ahead! Quiz Bowl awaits Island Trees again in the fall of 2018!
Continue to follow the successes of this year's IT Academic Team on
Twitter at @ITQuizBowl or on
Mr. Medeiros' new Google site (https://sites.google.com/islandtrees.net/medeiros/home)
for more information.