by Max Brantley
I caught some of this year's Arkansas high school Quiz Bowl state championships on AETN last weekend. As usual, had I been on a team, we'd have been skunked.
They won't get the coverage an average conference-winning basketball team gets in the sports pages, so here are the winners, with more detailed info on the jump:
1A — Norfork
2A — Murfreesboro
3A — Little Rock Episcopal Collegiate
4A — Farmington
5A — Watson Chapel
6A — Little Rock Parkview
7A — Cabot
The teams were peppered, I'm happy to say, with nominees, finalists and winners in our recent Academic All-Star Team competition.
(Do you know the maiden names of the wives of the last four or five presidents? Me neither.)
CONWAY, Ark. (AETN) — The 2011 Arkansas Quiz Bowl champions have been decided in the state conference finals, held at the Arkansas Educational Television Network in Conway April 30.
The final standings were:
• District 1A — Norfork High School defeated Ridgefield Christian (Jonesboro).
• District 2A — Murfreesboro High School defeated Gurdon High School.
• District 3A — Episcopal Collegiate (Little Rock) defeated Arkansas Baptist (Little Rock).
• District 4A — Farmington High School defeated Subiaco Academy.
• District 5A — Watson Chapel High School (Pine Bluff) defeated Huntsville High School.
• District 6A — Parkview High School defeated Benton High School.
• District 7A — Cabot High School defeated Fort Smith Southside High School.
The Arkansas Governor’s Quiz Bowl Association awarded each first place team $3,200 in scholarship funds and each second place team $1,600. Each MVP also received a scholarship.
“Quiz Bowl” is a celebration and recognition of scholarship that has been an AETN tradition since 1985. In a series of questions, players must display their knowledge in literature, math, science, history, art, music and economics. Teams from across the state compete for the chance to represent the Natural State in national tournaments.
The Arkansas Governor’s Quiz Bowl Association holds regional tournaments around the state during March. Teams are assigned to a site, and a random drawing places the teams on the pairing schedule. A percentage of teams in the tournament advance to the state tournament. The top two teams from each classification advance to the State Conference Finals.