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MHS Scholastic Bowl team off to 1-1 start

by Quinlan Moore

The question is revealed and the buzzer sounds while the academic elitists dig deep down inside themselves for an answer. Their sharp wits are nearly as swift as their buzzing hands, clenching the sounding devices with stern concentration and timing perfection.

The battle of the brains known as the Scholastic Bowl commenced in mid-November this year, sporting more team members than ever before: 16, the square root of 4, the smallest number with 5 divisors, one pound, the age one must be to obtain a driver’s license, and Abraham Lincoln’s presidency in chronological order.

These quirky fact-masters have been historically depicted as nerds. However, the unique aspect of Middlesex High School’s 2012 Scholastic Bowl team is that they are scholars, as well as athletes. They hold their own against competition that houses solely students invested in academics.

This diverse group of kids is led by the ever-energetic coach Danielle Norris. “I am extremely enthused about our Scholastic Bowl team this year,” she said. “Our team has grown tremendously since last season and we have welcomed several new players. I am very proud of the team as they are taking practice to a new extreme and embracing the competitive spirit by giving their all.”

Coach Norris predicts a strong season. Separated into A and B teams, both hold a 1-1 record with a win against King and Queen and a loss to Mathews. Senior Rachel Musick is the head honcho of the A team and is supported by all of her teammates, for there are no weak links.

Scholastic Bowl exits in an entirely different spectrum of the sports universe, but it is still a sport—an arduous event that can blow one’s mind faster than a single syllable of a question is uttered. The students who participate live in the same manner as athletes who play traditional sports. They complete warm-ups, getting their blood pulsating with numbers and facts. They train during the off season, cementing dates and times in their craniums. They perform on the fields and courts, symbolically, of course. The tables are their battlefields and the buzzer is their weapon for combat. In a simple 1,2,3, these athletes will correct your grammar, rattle off unheard facts, and prove anyone wrong who would dare consider undermining their beloved sport.

Other team members include Zachary Belcher, Cullen Johnson, Lilly Crown, Joshua Raterman, Levi Lott, Luke Robertson, Kendra Yates, Megan Lindsey, Maloy Hudson, Zachary Brown, Kaleb Wake, Johnathon Williams, Keaton Gregory, James Williams and Aaron Nazrini.

The Middlesex team’s next match is Thursday, December 6, at King William. On Tuesday, December 11, the team plays at Mathews.

posted 12.05.2012

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