Gun­ston places 20th in Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Quiz Tour­na­ments

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CENTREVILLE — For the first time in school his­tory, Gun­ston’s Aca­demic Team com­peted in the in the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Quiz Tour­na­ments na­tional cham­pi­onship tour­na­ment, held in Chicago at the end of April. Draw­ing many of the strong­est aca­demic sec­on­dar y schools from across the coun­try, the NAQT tour­na­ment is the premier aca­demic quiz bowl tour­na­ment in the United States.

The Herons fin­ished 20th over­all in the Char­ter and Pri­vate di­vi­sion. The team ini­tially qual­i­fied for na­tion­als at the Johns Hop­kins Win­ter Tour­na­ment, and were led by se­niors Abi­gail Miller of Easton and Sut­ter Phillips of Stevensville, sopho­more Phineas How­ell of Chestertown and fresh­man An­drew Amyg­da­los, Dover, DE.

Gun­ston’s aca­demic team coach, Head­mas­ter John Lewis, said, “The team has worked in­cred­i­bly hard all year, and it was fun to match wits with some of the best stu­dents in the coun­try. They worked well as a team, and though we will miss Sut­ter and Abby, we look for­ward to head­ing back to na­tion­als next year.”

The per­for­mance of fresh­man An­drew Amyg­da­los was es­pe­cially im­pres­sive, noted Lewis. In a field typ­i­cally dom­i­nated by 11th- and 12th-graders, he ranked as the 35th over­all in­di­vid­ual tour­na­ment scorer, mak­ing him one of the strong­est 9th grade aca­demic team play­ers in the countr y.

From left, Gun­ston stu­dents Phineas How­ell, Head­mas­ter John Lewis, Sut­ter Phillips, Abi­gail Miller and An­drew Amyg­da­los.

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