Spring Valley High School Named Quiz Bowl Team of the Week

Columbia, South Carolina: The Spring Valley High School Quiz Bowl A team was selected as the National Academic Quiz Tournaments High School Team of the Week for the week of March 18, 2017. The South Carolina State Championship was Spring Valley’s first tournament ever, but they made a tremendous debut, winning all but one of their seven preliminary games (and the loss, to Wade Hampton, was only by 10 points) and tying for fourth place overall. In doing so, they qualified for the High School National Championship Tournament — a short three-hour drive from home, in Atlanta.

Sophomore Isak Jatoi founded the team; he was joined on the inaugural A team by senior Anson Bidwell, junior Atifah Jatoi, sophomore Vikram Kumar, senior Breanna Murrin, and senior and leading scorer Rishishankar Suresh.

Congratulations to Spring Valley!

Quiz bowl is a competitive, academic, interscholastic activity for teams of four students. Quiz
bowl teams use buzzers to answer questions about science, math, history, literature, mythology,
geography, social science, current events, sports, and popular culture. The matches feature a
blend of individual competition and team collaboration, since no individual player is likely to be
an expert in all subject areas. Participation in quiz bowl both reinforces lessons from the
classroom and encourages players to develop new intellectual interests.

National Academic Quiz Tournaments, founded in 1996, organizes the premier middle school,
high school, and college quiz bowl championships in North America. In addition to its national
championships, NAQT provides questions to invitational tournaments, league championships,
and television shows throughout the year. NAQT operates out of the Twin Cities and Kansas
City, but its members mentor coaches, host tournaments, volunteer their services, and share
their expertise across the United States.

R. Robert Hentzel, President: robert.hentzel@naqt.com
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1-888-411-6278 (“NAQT”)