New Orleans Phase 2018
Alabama Wins Both High School Events
The Altamont School Triumphs in Varsity Division,
Gadsden City High Takes JV
Edmonson County Middle School (KY) Goes 8-0 in Junior Division
Semifinalist Clinton High (MS)
Caitlin Carter, Caleb Collins, Clark Hensley
Back: Kipp Vinzant, Patrick Vinzant, Tanner DeYoung
A perennial playoff contender, The Altamont School won the JV division in New Orleans in 2017. This year’s Varsity team lost their first preliminary match to Harrison (IN) 400-225, but entered the playoffs ranked No. 4 with a 5-1 record and advanced all the way to the last High School Varsity game in New Orleans. Earlier in the playoffs, they had defeated Bishop Kelley (OK) 405-170 and No. 1-seeded St. Martin’s Episcopal (LA) 335-320. Meanwhile, Clinton (MS), seeded No. 6, found themselves in the last game after beating first-timers Columbia (FL) 300-265, upsetting Harrison (IN) 300-250, and edging Pingry (NJ) 345-275.
Altamont led after the Warm Up Round, 70-35; after the Bonus Round, 160-95. Clinton advanced 80-10 in their 60 Seconds category, The Bible; Altamont, 80-20 on Great Expectations. Clinton drew close to Altamont, 260-265 after 50 unanswered points, identifying Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald from an audio clip; answering a question about seal; and solving a quantitative Physics question. Then Altamont advanced with 80 unanswered points, starting with a visual question: “A nude portrait by this artist sold for $157.2 million at Sotheby's on May 14, achieving the 4th-highest price for any work of art at auction. Who painted it?” (Ans. Amedeo Modigliani) and followed by questions about Music Theory, broccoli, armatures, Luddites, and Analytical Geometry. By a final score of 360-295, Altamont won New Orleans and advance to the Final Four in Orlando.
In the 9th annual Junior Varsity division play at the National Academic Championship, Harrison (IN) advanced to the New Orleans finals and they faced Gadsden City (AL). Gadsden was edged in last year’s JV finals by Altamont, 315-300, but this year they won the last match, 350-190, finishing with an 8-0 record.
Gadsden City, New Orleans JV champ
New Orleans MVP
Who Wants to Be a Game Show Host?
Another edition of our "reality show," WHO WANTS TO BE A GAME SHOW HOST? was conducted. Students ( graduating seniors) were invited to audition as moderators, and coaches played the game. Students understood the event to be a real audition for a job as one of the moderators at next year's Nationals. This year's winner was Sierra Sutton from Cardinal Spellman (NYC).
A Fond Farewell
Perennial contender Pingry School’s (NJ) Coach Malla Godfrey is retiring. She achieved various successes during her ten years at the helm, including QuizNet national championships; winning New Orleans and advancing to the National Academic Championship finals in 2015; to the semifinals in 2016. We’ll miss her and wish her all the best