The South Middle School Quiz Bowl team had its best showing ever in the Academic Challenge trivia competition held Tuesday at College Heights Christian School.
The top South team, consisting of captain Savanah Sweeton, Kane McCaslin, Lainie Nicolas, and Kylie Hurrell, posted a 6-3 record, including wins over eventual tournament and overall champion Carl Junction, Carl Junction II, Monett, Monett II, Diamond II, and South's second team.
The second team, consisting of captain Dylan Prauser, Ken Zhang, Mollie Sanders, and Alex Kangethe posted a 3-6 record, with wins over Carl Junction II, Diamond II, and Monett II. It took South's top team overtime to beat the number two team 60-50.
The top team was led by Miss Sweeton with 12 correct answers, McCaslin with 11, Miss Nicolas with 10, and Miss Hurrell with six.
Leading the second team were Prauser and Kangethe with eight correct answers apiece, Zhang with seven, and Miss Sanders with six.
Not able to make the competition were Sarah Kessler, who was representing South at the Regional Science Fair at Missouri Southern State University, and Marina Dudley.
The Academic Challenge is a traveling competition held once a month with meets this year in communication arts, science, math, history, and general trivia. The meets were held at Carl Junction, Neosho, Diamond, Lamar, and College Heights.
The quiz bowl team's season is expected to continue with a second meet against Memorial and North middle schools some time this quarter, a competition with the South faculty, and possibly a dual meet with Diamond.
The team is sponsored by Mr. Randy Turner and Mrs. Kathy Weaver.