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Quiz Bowl team second in state

North's Quiz Bowl top finishers.

April 24, 2014
The Grosse Pointe North High School Quiz Bowl Team has finished in 2nd place in the 2014 Michigan High State Quiz Bowl Championship.

The state championship competition was held April 11-12 at Michigan State University.

In the double elimination tournament, the only team that could beat North was the eventual champion, Detroit Catholic Central. Harris Bunker was named to the all-state team through his dominant performance in the tournament.

The North Quiz Bowl team also has qualified to compete in the 2014 High School National Championship Tournament. Presented by National Academic Quiz Tournaments, the United States championship tournament will be held May 30-June 1 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare Hotel near Chicago.

With a 17-0 record, the Grosse Pointe North High School Quiz Bowl team is undefeated in the Macomb Athletic Conference Quiz Bowl League. The team is led by two Gross Pointe North High School educators, Coach Jonathan Byrne and Assistant Coach 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 Grosse Pointe North team of nearly a dozen students is led by captain Harrison Champion, a senior. Among other high scoring students are co-captain Harris Bunker, a junior, and Danny MacAskill, a senior.

Grosse Pointe 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. Unlike television programs that often emphasize popular culture or general trivia, Quiz Bowl questions are academic in nature, covering subjects from mathematics and the sciences to the arts and literature.

The team is seeking new players for the 2014-15 year. No experience is required, just an appreciation of academic competition and a passion for learning. Team members practice before and after school nearly all year long.

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