On Saturday March 14, MFS sent two teams to a Quiz Bowl competition in Newark, run by the University of Delaware. Quiz Bowl, an academic tournament run in a manner similar to Jeopardy! and other trivia game shows, tests students’ knowledge of history, science, math, literature, sports, and pop culture, with questions ranging from popular television shows like Breaking Bad and The Legend of Korra to the most obscure fields of academic endeavor like organic chemistry and Russian existentialism, with everything in between.
The Moorestown Friends A team, consisting of seniors Brett Barbin, Katherine Thai, Scott Strickland, and Matt Scalamandre, finished the day with seven wins and three losses, earning 13th place out of 34 teams. Captain Brett Barbin, playing in his last ever Quiz Bowl tournament, finished fifth overall out of 127 students in the individual standings, with an average of 83.50 points per game,
The Moorestown Friends B team, consisting of sophomores Alex Horn, Charles Kropiewnicki, Dragon Ding, and Alex Barrett, gained the record of two wins and eight losses, finishing 23rd. While they did not achieve a winning record, the JV competed closely with several talented teams, including a memorable match in which they nearly defeated Moorestown Friends A. Captain Alex Horn finished sixteenth overall out of 127 students in the individual standings, with an average of 43.33 points per game.
With the entire A team graduating at the end of this year, the MFS quiz bowl team is sorely in need of new talent. Any students wishing to participate can contact the team’s faculty advisor, Judy van Tijn, or any of the players listed above.