Gunston places 20th in National Association of Quiz Tournaments
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.