Iversen said that what Nationals tournament(s) they choose to go to will depend on their fund raising, but that attending the NAQT Small School National Championship Tournament in Bloomington M.N. from May 2 to 4 is at the top of their list.
“We’re really glad there’s a small school tournament this year,” said Iversen, who said that this was the first year this tournament was being held.
He said that smaller schools like CCS often faced challenges competing against bigger schools at larger tournaments, as players from larger schools often focus entirely on quiz team for their extracurriculars, while those from smaller schools often do other extracurricular activities, such as sports and theater.
“My goal is to go pretty deep into the field,” said Iversen, when asked about his plans at the national tournament(s).
Iversen said that he would probably send the A team that placed second at BrainBusters to the Small Schools Championship, but since that team had only five members, there was a slot open for a sixth team member to join them.
The CCS Quiz Team also participated this year in “Double Down,” WCNY’s academic quiz show. CCS was still alive in the show as of the program’s last broadcast.
Iversen, the high school and middle school band teacher, went to school at CCS and participated in quiz team during his time as a student. He began coaching the team two years ago.
“I think the CCS Quiz Team has a good run ahead of it for awhile,” said Iversen.
He noted that his A Team had only one senior on it, and said that the quiz team had around 32 people currently participating.
“It’s open to any student who wants to participate,” said Iversen, who said that the team practices before class twice a week.