“I’d like to see the younger team win two or three matches. That would be fantastic,” he added.
No matter the results, Iversen said the trip is a worthwhile adventure for the students. He said there will be opportunity for the students to see some historical sites and museums.
To help fund the trip, the team will invite community members to form teams to compete during a one-day quiz tournament at the school. Those interested in participating may contact Iversen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iversen said Oneonta has also qualified a team for nationals and there has been talk about possibly sharing a bus to help on travel costs.
According to the National Academic Championship website, the competition focuses on academic information — “significa” rather than “trivia” — and the questions are supplied by Questions Unlimited. Emphasis is light on popular culture and heavy on the academic. Contests follow the four-quarter format created by Questions Unlimited.
“It is nice to see kids getting recognized for academics,” Iversen said. “It is easy to get kids recognized for music and sports and even the arts, but it is hard to get them recognized for academics.”
Cooperstown sent a team to New Orleans to compete in nationals in 2010. It was supposed to be a rebuilding year, but the team finished the preliminary rounds with a record of 5-1. CCS did not compete in the first round of the semifinals because it was given a bye, and lost to a sixth-ranked prep school from Alabama team in the second round. In 2008, CCS was represented in nationals, but only won one match.