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May 18, 2012

Our Opinion: Support the Quiz Team

The Cooperstown high school quiz team will take on faculty in a live quiz showdown on Sunday. The event is being held to help raise money so members of the team can compete nationally in Washington, D.C. Donations will be accepted at the door. The Quiz Bowl is set to begin at 7 p.m. in the Sterling Auditorium and we encourage members of the public to go support the team in its academic endeavors.

“We have very, very few chances to show off our academics. It is easier with sports to show off how successful we are. And with music to show how successful we are. It’s a good opportunity to show off how well our students do and what we are doing, said first-year adviser Tim Iversen. We agree and hope the team comes back as winners in the competition.

The team qualified to compete nationally by winning the Catskill Area School Study Council Upstate Academic Competition at the State University of New York at Oneonta. According to Iversen, Cooperstown sent two teams of six to the state competition.

“Both teams did really well,” Iversen said. “Our one team missed making the quarter final round by a single question, which was too bad because then we could have had two teams in those final rounds. That would have been cool.” Iversen is proposing to drive seven students to nationals in one of the school’s Suburbans.

The students would depart on Thursday, May 31, and return on Sunday, June 3, at a time depending on how far they make it in the tournament. There is a registration fee of $700. Iversen said he estimates the round-trip will cost $312 and reservations for three nights at a hotel are $1,341. Iversen said the trip will also provide several cultural, artistic and historical educational opportunities.

“The way the schedule works for the tournament is they try to book your matches in blocks so that you can get a four hour block off,” Iversen said. “The great thing about D.C., there is a lot of free stuff to do. The Smithsonian, all those museums are free. And there are a couple of others that are not terribly expensive.”

Iversen said he believes each team competes in at least five or six matches of the tournament. “With the team that we have, I would expect us to have a pretty good shot at getting in and out of the opening rounds,” he said. Good luck team!

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