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North's quiz bowl to attend state, national competitions


April 10, 2014
The Grosse Pointe North High School Quiz Bowl Team qualified to compete in the 2014 Michigan High State and National Academic Quiz tournaments. The state championship competition is April 11 and 12 at Michigan State University.

The national championship tournament, presented by National Academic Quiz Tournaments, is May 30 and June 1 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare Hotel, Chicago.

With a 17-0 record, the North quiz bowl team is undefeated in the Macomb Athletic Conference Quiz Bowl League and is led by Jonathan Byrne and Ben Henri.

"This season marks the best performance for the team since I started coaching three years ago," Byrne said. "Our overall record this season including non-conference competitions is 55-22. We have competed against some of the best teams, not only in the state, but in the entire country. Our success this year has been due to the efforts of our players; they have worked individually on specialty topics, complimenting one another's strengths. This makes our team very strong."

The team of 12 is led by captain Harrison Campion, a senior. Among other high scoring students are co-captain junior Harris Bunker and senior Danny MacAskill.

North will be represented for the first time in the National All Star Academic Tournament in Ohio in June. Bunker will serve as a member of a four-student contingent of high school students from Michigan.

Quiz Bowl competitions are similar to a television quiz show format. Teams compete head-to-head in collaborative and individual events to answer questions quickly and correctly. Players signal they have an answer with a hand-held buzzer. Quiz bowl questions are academic, covering subjects from mathematics and the sciences to the arts and literature.

New players are needed for the 2014-15 year. No experience is required. Team members practice before and after school.

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