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StM Quiz Bowl Places Third in the Nation, Boasts Overall High Scorer

StM Quiz Bowl Places Third in the Nation, Boasts Overall High Scorer
St. Martin’s Quiz Bowl team took home a third place finish in the National Academic Quiz Tournament’s 2017 Small School National Championship in Chicago, April 28-30. The Small School National Championship Tournament (SSNCT) is NAQT’s annual championship event for small high schools. The tournament featured the top quiz bowl teams from across the United States. St. Martin’s team was one of just two representing Louisiana.

The team got off to a great start on the first day of the tournament, winning all five of its matches and progressing to the following day’s seeded competition. Over the course of the three-day tournament, St. Martin’s team played 18 games, falling in only three.

Representing St. Martin's were juniors Caitlin Bagnetto, Ally Bartholomew, Chloe Bartholomew, Jules France, Bruce Miller, and Bryce Monier (captain). Monier was the overall individual high scorer for the entire tournament.

The Quiz Bowl team is coached by English teacher Lee Klebba.

Throughout the school year the StM group faced many larger teams, preparing the students for the national competition. In March the team took the state title, after placing third in a tournament that month and second in a local tournament last December. In October the students travelled to Baton Rouge where they took third.

St. Martin’s Quiz Bowl Team has also experienced success in recent years. During the 2014-2015 school year, St. Martin’s was named State Champions. The following year the team qualified for nationals, where it advanced to the playoffs.

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