The battle for the House Cup continues as the first ever March Madness QuizBowl began last week. The competition challenges the wits of every family as they fight for points for their house!
Each family created a team of five people and two alternates. The moderator asks a question, and whoever knows the answer hits the locker to answer. If they get it right, they receive one point. If they get it wrong, the other team has five seconds to collaborate and steal the question. Questions cover every subject from language arts to math to sports. It tests a broad range of knowledge, so it’s helpful that teams have members with different specialties.
True to the name, the QuizBowl is set up in a March Madness bracket style and is single elimination. The House in first place wins 20 points, second wins 15 points, third wins 10 points, fourth wins eight points, fifth wins six points and sixth wins four points.
Unlike previous competitions, there are many more opportunities in this game to win points. Families that predict a perfect bracket win 25 points for their house, and if there are no perfect predictions, the family that is the most accurate and wins 10 points. Families that only correctly predict the champion will win five points.
“We’ve only played in round one so far, but we won 10-5. I’m so proud of my family and my team, and I’m excited to keep playing and keep winning,” junior of the Dodge/Hirtz family Paige Hunt said.
Round one ended on Friday of last week. The results at the end of the week left the eliminated feeling down, and the winners on top of the world.
“It’s upsetting that my family was eliminated so quickly. On the plus side, my family was so supportive of each other which was nice to see. Hopefully, my family can perform better in the next competition!” junior of Napoli/Brannock family Alina Kohout said.
The first day of round two created many surprises for many families’ brackets. In a shocking turn of events, Sean Walsh, who received a 36 on the ACT, and his family were eliminated. Roberts/Ruscillo were beaten (brutally) by the Winklemann/Peters family.
“It was a little unexpected, but I’m very happy that it happened,” junior of Winklemann/Peters family Adri Weber said.
The Struttman/Koeller family, who is currently in the lead, was eliminated today. Even if a family is eliminated, their bracket is still in the game. However, they put themselves as the overall champion, so they’ll probably also lose at the bracket competition.
As round two kicks off this week, we’re excited to see how each family progresses. Make sure to stay at the top of your game to win and help your house earn those points!
Current Standings (by points):