Carmel High School Quiz Bowl Team Competes at the NAQT National Championship Tournament!
Below is a press release recapping Carmel High School’s recent participation in the 2022 NAQT High School National Championship Tournament in Atlanta, GA! Congratulations to the Carmel HS teams! You represented Indiana VERY well!
ATLANTA, Georgia — On the weekend of Saturday, May 28, Carmel High School joined 269 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. 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.
Carmel High School sent three teams to the 2022 HSNCT. The A team consisted of Akash Bhowmik, Austin Guo, Nolan Jones, Archit Kalra, and Shrithan Sandadi. The B team consisted of Tanay Acharya, Raymond Pan, Jordan Seigel, Lily Shukla, Harry Zheng, and Colin Zou. The C team consisted of Shravan Chengalva, Noah Kahn, Safin Khatri, Anna Liao, Matthew Rao, and Eric Yang. The teams were coached by James Hambley.
Carmel entered three of the six Indiana teams competing at the national championship.
Carmel A finished the preliminary rounds with a 9-1 record, which qualified them for the playoffs. Carmel B finished the preliminary rounds with a 4-6 record. Carmel C finished the preliminary rounds with a 4-6 record.
There were some tense moments. The A team suffered a heartbreakingly narrow loss to University Lab from Urbana, Illinois, 335-320 during round 10; defeated McLean A from Virginia by the narrow margin of 365-345 during round 15; and suffered another narrow loss to the eventual champions, Detroit Catholic Central A from Novi, Michigan, 350-345 during round 24. The B team suffered a heartbreakingly narrow loss to Carlisle from Pennsylvania, 180-165 during round 12 and suffered another narrow loss to Christian Brothers from Memphis, Tennessee, 235-220 during round 20.
Carmel A’s shot at the title ended when they lost to Livingston from New Jersey in the fifth round of the playoffs.
Carmel B was on the brink of elimination when they defeated Ridgewood B from New Jersey in round 14 to stay alive. Unfortunately, they lost to Chamblee Charter from Georgia, ending their shot at the playoffs.
Carmel C was on the brink of elimination when they defeated East Grand Rapids from Michigan in round 16 to stay alive. Unfortunately, they lost to Kickapoo A from Springfield, Missouri, ending their shot at the playoffs.
In round 17 Carmel A beat the eventual champion, Detroit Catholic Central A from Novi, Michigan, by a score of 380-295. Carmel was the only team in the field to defeat both the champions and the second-place team, Hunter College High School of New York City.
The A team finished in 15th place, the best performance by any team from Indiana any High School National Championship Tournament.
The 2022 High School National Championship Tournament’s field featured 272 teams from 34 states.
National Academic Quiz Tournaments, founded in 1996, organizes the premier middle school, high school, and college quiz bowl championships in North America. In addition to its national championships, NAQT provides questions to invitational tournaments, league championships, and television shows throughout the year. NAQT operates out of the Twin Cities and Kansas City, but its members mentor coaches, host tournaments, volunteer their services, and share their expertise across the United States.
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