The Cooperstown High School Quiz Team went three-and-three at the national tournament in Washington D.C. last year.
The goal, according to quiz team members and their adviser, is to still be competing on the final day of the three-day competition.
Second-year adviser Timothy Iversen said he really likes CCS’ chances, but said there will not be any easy matches.
This year the district will be sending two teams, a varsity and junior varsity squad. The two teams will be competing at different levels so there is no chance of a face-off like in the semifinals of the Catskill Area School Study Council Upstate Academic Competition at the State University College at Oneonta earlier this season.
“It would be great to get both teams to Sunday (the final day). I would love to win it all, but realistically, I would be very happy if we got one team into the final day,” Iversen said.
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.
CCS senior and team captain Jacob Miller will be competing on the varsity team that is made up of five seniors. He is one of three players on that team who competed at nationals last year. Miller said one thing people might not know about quizzing is that it is competitive. “We do not like to lose,” he said.