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Quiz bowl invites everyone for some ‘neuron-shootin’, trivia tootin’ fun’

Emma Xiao
Freshman Mason Zhang buzzes in to answer a question. “Many of the members are seriously impressive with their knowledge,” club sponsor Kevin Goosherst said. “It is always fun to see their brilliance shine during our Tuesday afternoon meetings.”

In 2023, this club won 49th place in nationals, making its best record since 2013. Small red buttons are used during club practices to “buzz in.” Headed by club president Patrick Shaw, the club meets every Tuesday after school from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Chemistry teacher Kevin Goosherst sponsors—for 10 points—what club?

ANSWER: quiz bowl.

Quiz bowl is a trivia game played between two teams of four people. Each team uses a buzzer to answer the question, and speed and knowledge are critical to amass the most points.


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Second-year member Daniel Wu said he joined the club in part because trivia “sounded fun” to him. He enjoys “the rare instance where the answer instantly clicks” in his mind.

Sophomore Daniel Wu enjoys going to the Tuesday meetings. “I usually try to make it every week, especially with my friends going there, but occasionally school work gets me and I don’t go,” Wu said. (Emma Xiao)

Moments like these drive students into competition. Shaw said that there are instances where meetings get overly competitive and “chaotic,” and that his primary goal for this year is to make quiz bowl more accessible for everyone to participate in.

Shaw introduced additional meetings every Monday during Cardinal Hour as tamer, toe-in-the-water meetings for newcomers. These Monday meetings also provide an opportunity for those who can’t make the after-school practices to still participate.

“We’re trying to make [meetings] a little more organized than last year,” Shaw said. “I want to help us be able to study more or just focus more on practice and having fun.”

At junior Winston Montgomery’s second quiz bowl meeting, Montgomery said that the club members “were clearly there to have fun.”

“Something that surprised me was how accepting the others were even though I wasn’t good at many of the topics,” Montgomery said.

Fifth-year member Anastasia Shih, one of the few girls participating in quiz bowl, said she enjoys the competition.

“Being a girl on the team can sometimes be daunting and nerve-wracking, but I reassure myself because I know I am capable of competing in a male-dominated activity,” Shih said. “I joined quiz bowl because it’s engaging and fun. It’s nice to know some general facts about various different subjects, and I like being knowledgeable on a variety of interesting topics.”

Sophomore Anastasia Shih acts as moderator to read questions aloud. “I enjoy being able to retain and expand on information I learn in school by applying it to quiz bowl questions,” Shih said. (Emma Xiao)

When the practices do get chaotic, Goosherst is quick to cool arguments down. Beyond the standard expectations of a sponsor, Goosherst often participates in the practices himself because he said the meetings are “fun.”

“It’s cool to see [students] get involved with answering trivia questions, and it just shows the expanse of knowledge that all these kids have,” Goosherst said. “From what I’ve seen, quiz bowl is a good bit of neuron-shootin’, trivia tootin’ fun.”

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    Claire BNov 18, 2023 at 8:31 pm

    Such a fun article, Emma! Love the headline and the unique lead! 🙂