2017–2018 Teams & Players of the Week

NAQT began its program of honoring top teams and players each week in January 2017.

For 2017–2018, the program is primarily occurring on NAQT’s social media: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Week of January 13, 2018

BASIS Scottsdale (Scottsdale, AZ) is our #naqtHSteamoftheweek. From player Abby Marcolini: “INSECTS!” One of our then-newest members of the BASIS Scottsdale quiz bowl team left us all in utter silence when he stood up from the desk at practice and yelled the word at the top of his lungs. His savage reaction was in response to an incorrect word muttered by a a teammate, who thought "entomology" was the study of the origins of words when, in actuality, it was the study of — yes, you guessed it — insects. The quiet reaction of the room quickly fell to its usual, genuine laughter. The simple word “insect” then became a running inside joke among the team members, even with the perpetrator himself. He was new at school, and, though his outburst was jolting, the team’s friendly and easy-going reactions to the situation turned an event that could have been humiliating into a warm, relatable memory that we can still laugh and reminisce about today. One would expect BASIS Scottsdale’s quiz bowl team to fit the exact stereotype of a BASIS student: robotic, independent, and intense. The team itself quickly breaks such expectations and instead demonstrates genuine passion and love for the game and its players. It is the understanding nature of the students compounded with their thirst for knowledge that essentially defines BASIS Scottsdale’s team. #arizona #aqa #basised @basised @basisscottsdale #quizbowl #teamoftheweek

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Week of January 6, 2018

Week of December 16, 2017

Week of December 9, 2017

Episcopal School of Acadiana (Broussard, LA) is our #naqtHSteamoftheweek. From coach Ashley Dugas: Episcopal School of Acadiana's motto is "Arete" meaning "excellence from within". In Louisiana, our team has the reputation of being an excellent team. However, teams actually enjoy playing against ESA. This is because ESA teams know that at the end of the day, we are all having fun doing what we love. Win or lose, they always shake hands and say, "good game" to the other teams. They strive for excellence, but they always make sure their honor is intact. We have two members of the team who scored 36 on the ACT as well as became National Merit Semi-Finalists this past year. We also have team members who are leads in the school musicals, leaders on various sports teams, volunteer within the community, and so much more. At ESA, we encourage well-rounded students, and their willingness to push outside their comfort zone helps them be competitive in tournaments. Over the past several years, ESA has placed in the top three at the state tournament, placing 2nd in Division II at the LQBA State Championship in 2017. While ESA has qualified for nationals in previous years, the school was able to send two teams to SSNCT in Chicago this past spring. They placed 6th in the Private division. The teams look forward to many more successes and adventures in the quiz bowl world. What's their secret to success? Before every tournament, Coach Ashley Dugas brings them donuts and kolaches from Meche's (a local donut shop in Lafayette, LA)! Those sugary delights always get the team motivated for the day's tournament! @LAQuizBowl; @esacadiana #lqba #louisiana #quizbowl #teamoftheweek

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Week of December 2, 2017

Week of November 18, 2017

Pettisville High School (Pettisville, OH), is our #naqtHSteamoftheweek, for their performance at the Hicksville Invitational. From coach Rebecca Dorosz: Pettisville, Ohio, population 498, is a small town with no stop light, no gas station, no shopping mall, and fields in every direction. Within the town is a gem of a school, where students — PK-12 all in one building — know how to work hard and achieve at high levels with an entire community cheering them on. As a member of the school's original team, I took over the quiz bowl program six years ago and have seen it grow exponentially since then. We average over 30 quiz members a year, which is even more impressive when considering that our school graduates approximately 45 each year. (Yes, that means about 20% of our high school is on the academic quiz team.) The students on our team aren’t just quizzers. The team, lovingly nicknamed the “Nerd Herd” — is comprised of multi-sport athletes, student government leaders, musicians, actors, FFA and FCCLA members, and artists; with most also holding part-time jobs. That’s what you do in a small school. Quiz bowl is just one of the many things they are involved in, but they commit to it fully, and that’s why I am most proud of them. Participating in quiz bowl is one of the ways they are preparing themselves to be more successful in the real world as they cultivate confidence, develop their intuition, and expand knowledge. I am beyond thrilled that in our first NAQT tournament we met the success we did. These kids deserve it; they are amazing human beings, and I love having the opportunity to coach them — even if those close matches make my heart race from the sidelines. @phsnerdherd @rebeccadorosz @rdorosz #ohio #teamohio @quizboss #quizbowl #naqt #teamoftheweek

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Week of November 11, 2017

Week of November 4, 2017

Week of October 28, 2017

Week of October 21, 2017

Dylan Cox of Gate City High School (Gate City, Va) is our #naqtHSplayeroftheweek. . . ??From Coaches Sarah Whisenhunt, Mary Alice McClellan, and Breanna Stokes: . . Dylan is an outstanding representative of his team, his school, and his community. He has been an important part of the team since joining his freshman year, and an integral part since his sophomore year, when his point production increased by a whopping 1,840%. He broke the school record for most Virginia High School League points in a season as a junior and also holds the school record for most 20-20 points. He is a leader both on the buzzer and off, always willing to help and encourage his teammates while balancing high school classes, college classes to earn an associates this year, work, church youth group, and family (and the occasional crafting of team memes, eclectic YouTube music video curating, and depositing of Nicolas Cage photos on one of his coaches’ computers.) His dedication to all of his passions and obligations is absolutely inspiring. . . ??From Southwest Virginia Academic Team Alliance Coordinator Chuck Pearson: . . Dylan Cox is also one of the kindest men I've ever met in this game, and is one of our next leaders. He's one of the most reliable staffers in this region. He's a tremendous mentor to young players; he became Gate City's all-time leading scorer last year, at VHSL Regionals, as a junior. He is the very best of this game. It's an honor to know him. . . #swata #playeroftheweek @gatecitysportsradio @bluedevilslive ??: @srawhizz, @shorterpearson

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Week of October 14, 2017

Week of October 7, 2017

About Teams & Players of the Week

NAQT began recognizing teams and players of the week in January 2017.

Read about the program Read about the 2016–2017 honorees