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Quiz Bowl puts on show at Wofford

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2008-09-29

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- They descended upon Wofford from as nearby as Spartanburg High School and as far away as Indian Trail, N.C. They came armed with two things: serious brain power and the spirit of competition.

They were the 13 teams that competed in the inaugural High School Quiz Bowl tournament at Wofford College Saturday morning. The competition used the National Academic Quiz Tournament format.

Imagine fielding questions like these the first time you stepped foot on a college campus…

It is the simplest possible ratio of atoms in a compound, for 10 points each…

A. Name this type of formula for describing a compound, which may or may not be equivalent to the molecular formula. (empirical formula)
B. What is the empirical formula for Benzene? (CH)
C. Empirical formulas were used in the derivation of this color blind chemist’s law of multiple proportions. (John Dalton)

The final four teams were Spartanburg, Southside High (Greenville, SC), James Island Charter High and Irmo High (Irmo, SC). The competition rivaled March Madness in terms of drama.

In one semifinal, Southside high came from behind on the last bonus question to defeat Irmo. James Island then topped Spartanburg to set up the final. In that matchup, Southside was leading at the end of the match, but a protest gave James Island a chance to tie the game with a bonus question. They weren’t able to convert, however, and Southside (above left) was the tournament champion.