Town Crier News Staff
Manila High School 2007 Quiz Bowl Team won first place in the Arkansas Northeastern College Invitational Quiz Bowl competition held Friday, Feb. 23.
Members of the Manila championship team include Captain Nathan Robbins, Drew Warren, Nathan Bell, Justin Richmond, James Richmond, Chris Owens, Michael Stone, Blaine Lawrence, Chad Nunnally, Andrew Nelms and Lindsey Jackson. Sponsors for the group are Gerri McCann and Jimmie Puckett.
Teams representing Blytheville, Gosnell, Greene County Tech, Kennett, Osceola, Rivercrest, South Pemiscot and Westside joined Manila in the tournament.
The Manila team competed against Gosnell, Kennett, Greene County Tech and Westside.
"We lost one game," Robbins said. "We lost to Kennett by 25 points but won our second game against Kennett by over 100 points making up for the loss."
Manila team members were quick to praise ANC for hosting an outstanding tournament.
"They do a wonderful job," Robbins said. "They provide refreshments for the students and adults, they stayed on schedule and provided lunch for everyone."
The morning began with a round robin tournament, and the afternoon competition placed teams in brackets to compete for the title. Games were played in four quarters.
In the first and fourth quarters, individual players answered toss-up questions.
In the second quarter, a correct toss-up earns the team the right to a four-part bonus. The team can consult on bonus questions. In the third quarter, the team works together to answer 10 related questions within 60 seconds. Questions range from current events, history, science, literature, math, fine arts, to pop culture.
The Manila team agreed their weakest category is literature but they are strong on most other areas. Team members gather every day in Ms. McCann's classroom during their lunch time to practice. They go over an average of 60 questions every day.
This is Manila's second year to compete in the ANC Quiz Bowl Invitational. They won fourth place last year.
In addition to bringing home the title of first place, ANC presented six team members with two year scholarships to ANC covering tuition and fees.
"We are excited to win first place and very happy for the students who will be accepting the scholarships to ANC," McCann said. "We have a good time preparing and competing. We are relaxed until the finals and then we all get very serious."
Their next competition, the District Tournament, is scheduled for March 10 at Hoxie.