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Two Emerson Quiz Bowl Teams Headed to Nationals!

By Bryan Seymour, Quiz Bowl Coach and 6th Grade Language Arts Teacher

What a great past week for Emerson Quiz Bowl! Participating in Livonia St. Michael’s annual Quiz Bowl competition, Emerson’s A Team racked up a perfect 10-0 record to bring home our first ever Quiz Bowl tournament championship! Congratulations to Anders Ruiter-Feenstra, Josh Moss, Shailen Chugh, and Zach Halberstam for this achievement!

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A Team of (L-R) Shailen Chugh, Zach Halberstam, Josh Moss, and Anders Ruiter-Feenstra

Emerson’s B Team matched the A team and started the day off with a 5-0 record, and finished with an excellent 3rd place finish—congrats to Grant Murphy, Joseph Alphonso, Mateo Gonzalez, and Terence Ashforth! This is the highest position that two Emerson teams have ever finished at a Quiz Bowl tournament.

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B Team of (L-R) Terence Ashforth, Joseph Alphonso, Mateo Gonzalez, and Grant Murphy

Emerson had three other teams finish between 10th and 13th place (out of 22 teams)—records to be proud of! These teams were led by 8th graders Conor Pyle, Esmé Cohen, Hayg Balis, Steven Theisen, and Will Collin, 7th graders Julian Toogood and Phillip Crumm, and 6th graders Andrew Grier, Arjun Bajaj, Kira Saporsky, Maya Mustata, and Michael Needham. Four of Emerson’s players finished in the top 10 of the tournament – Maya (10th), Terence (8th), Julian (7th) and Zach (1st) out of 107 total participants. Because of their performance at this tournament, Emerson has qualified two teams for the Middle School National Championship Tournament in Dallas in May. We are looking forward to this opportunity!

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8th Graders


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7th Graders


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6th Graders