The Cooperstown High School Quiz Team went three-and-three in the national tournament in Washington D.C. last year.
The goal is to do better this year, according to second-year adviser Timothy Iversen.
The chances of doing so are twice as good for the district because two of its teams have qualified to compete nationally.
“Going three-and-three was very good, especially considering a school our size, but I would like one of my teams to be relevant on Sunday (the final day of the tournament), which means we have to go four-and-two,” Iversen said.
“It would be great to get both teams there. I would love to win it all, but realistically, I would be very happy if we got one team into the final day,” he continued.
To qualify for the National Academic Championships, a team must win an academic competition (local or regional) of at least eight teams or finish in the top 15 percent of any tournament. The winning team from any preliminary round match in the Questions Unlimited QuizNet online tournament qualifies, as well as any team acing any one of Questions Unlimited’s monthly “20 Questions” quiz online. Any school making the playoffs at last year’s National Academic Championship automatically qualifies. Wild card entry may be offered to teams that wish to apply to compete at the National Academic Championship.
The Cooperstown teams qualified with results from the Catskill Area School Study Council Upstate Academic Competition at the State University College at Oneonta. One team, made up of all seniors, won the tournament. The other team, a mix of juniors, sophomores and freshman faced the senor team in the semifinals and lost.
All teams played three rounds to see which ones would get to play in the tournament and to determine ranking, according to Iversen.