Loyola Academy Competes in Scholastic Bowl National Championship
On the weekend of Saturday, May 28, Loyola Academy joined 271 of the top high school quiz bowl teams at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis for the 2022 High School National Championship Tournament to determine who was the best.
Quiz bowl is a competitive, academic, interscholastic activity for teams of four students. It is the national version of the game that is often locally called Scholastic Bowl. Quiz bowl teams use buzzers to answer questions about science, math, history, literature, mythology, geography, social science, current events, sports, and popular culture. The matches feature a blend of individual competition and team collaboration, since no individual player is likely to be an expert in all subject areas. Participation in quiz bowl both reinforces lessons from the classroom and encourages players to develop new intellectual interests.
The team consisted of River Griesmeyer ’22, Madeline Jones ’22, Martha Santiago ’22, and Matthew Walsh ’23. The team was coached by Denise Kreb, who was assisted by Alexander DeWitt and Lauren Kennedy.
Loyola Academy was one of 16 Illinois teams competing at the national championship.
Loyola Academy finished the preliminary rounds with a 5-5 record.
Loyola Academy spent five games on the brink of elimination. They defeated Wayzata F from Plymouth, Minnesota; North Kansas City from Missouri; Archbishop Mitty from San Jose, California; and Grissom A from Huntsville, Alabama, before falling to Richard Montgomery B from Rockville, Maryland, ending their shot at the playoffs.
The tournament champion was the A team from Detroit Catholic Central High School of Novi, Michigan.
The 2022 High School National Championship Tournament's field featured 272 teams from 34 states.