Team from Buffalo Grove school wins national quiz bowl tournament

  • An academic team from Aptakisic Junior High School in Buffalo Grove won the national title at a quiz bowl tournament in Dallas over the weekend. From left, coach Barry Love stands with eighth-grade students Ram Potham, David Lee, captain Arjun Nageswaran and Daniel Ding, as well as National Academic Quiz Tournaments President R. Robert Hentzel, back.

    An academic team from Aptakisic Junior High School in Buffalo Grove won the national title at a quiz bowl tournament in Dallas over the weekend. From left, coach Barry Love stands with eighth-grade students Ram Potham, David Lee, captain Arjun Nageswaran and Daniel Ding, as well as National Academic Quiz Tournaments President R. Robert Hentzel, back. Courtesy of the National Academic Quiz Tournaments

 
 
Updated 5/15/2017 12:02 PM

An academic team from Aptakisic Junior High School in Buffalo Grove won the championship title at a national quiz bowl tournament over the weekend in Dallas.

The group was among 160 teams from schools in 23 states competing in the seventh annual Middle School National Championship Tournament, hosted by the National Academic Quiz Tournaments, according to a news release.

 

In their first nationals appearance, Aptakisic students made it to the championship game, where they beat a team from Mounds Park Academy in St. Paul, Minnesota

"They never quit," coach Barry Love said in a statement. "They (all) showed great resiliency today."

Eighth-grader Arjun Nageswaran, the Aptakisic team's captain, was honored as an all-star for correctly answering 71 tossup questions in the preliminary rounds, tournament officials said. The other three team members were eighth-graders Daniel Ding, David Lee and Ram Potham.

During the quiz bowl, middle school students are asked curriculum-based questions about literature, art, science, math and history. Questions also cover current events, sports, music and popular culture.

Aptakisic qualified for the playoffs with a 6-2 record in the preliminary rounds of the tournament. The team played 17 games, including three against other Illinois schools.

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