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10 Minutes on the Clock: or, Nationals–Here We Come

 Written by    February 18, 2014

One of the student organizations I am involved in is the Ohio State University Academic Team (OSUAT), which, as you may not know, is pretty good.

Ohio State’s quizbowl team has consistently been voted among the top 15 teams in the nation for the last few years and has claimed back-to-back Division I Undergrad Champion titles at National Academic Quiz Tournament’s Intercollegiate Championship Tournament.


OSU A: 2013 ICT DI Undergrad Champions l-r Jarret Greene, Peter Komarek, Jasper Lee, Max Bucher (photo credit: Avery Demchak)

OSU A: 2013 ICT DI Undergrad Champions l-r: Jarret Greene, Peter Komarek, Jasper Lee, Max Bucher (photo credit: Avery Demchak)


Well, we may not three-peat (Yale’s team is looking pretty good this year…), but we’re on our way. Two weeks ago, the OSU Academic Team played sectionals at Case Western, where Ohio State’s DI and DII teams both beat Michigan State’s teams (in an extremely intense DI final!) to qualify for nationals, which will take place in Chicago at the end of March.

(The brief explanation of quizbowl, in case you’ve never heard of it before: Quizbowl is an academic competition in which two teams of four players compete on paragraph-long questions about science, history, literature, fine arts, the social sciences, etc. called “tossups,” and collaborate on shorter three-part questions called “bonuses.” If you’re interested in learning more about quizbowl, you can check out this “how it works” guide to quizbowl or watch this broadcast of the finals of the 2012 High School National Championship Tournament. [Yes, it’s a high school championship, but it’s one of the most amazing recorded games I’ve seen.])

Going to nats is actually an item on my bucket list, so I am super-excited to play DII ICT with my three other (vastly more talented) teammates and rep Ohio State in March. Deciding to play quizbowl (and committing to becoming a halfway-decent player) is one of the best decisions I’ve made and has led to some of the most fun and interesting experiences I’ve ever had.

If you’ve never played quizbowl but like learning about interesting things and like competing, you should definitely check out the OSUAT!

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