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Photo by Joe Chitwood
The champion Brady quiz team, from left: Case Axthelm, Casidy Mullen, Radley Shaw, Ryan Rayburn, Truce Mullen and Tyrel Rossman.
Photo by Joe Chitwood
Sutherland's third-place team, from left: Colin Hoatson, Larren Fear, Kenessa Copeland, Dominic Naughtin, William Dowse, Dalton Evans, Bonnie Naughtin and Riley Books.

Brady High School won the Quiz Bowl competition Monday at the Sutherland gymnasium, defeating Perkins County in the finals.

In addition to Brady, Hershey, Maxwell, St. Pat’s, Sutherland and Wallace were among the 15 teams that competed in the double elimination tournament.

In the consolation match, Sutherland defeated St. Patrick’s for third place honors.

A total of 15 schools competed, including Arthur, McPherson County, Mullen, Ogallala, Paxton, South Platte, Stapleton and Thedford.

In a quiz game, two six-member teams face off to answer trivia questions about math, history, science and other school subjects.

Teams try to beat the opposing team in sounding the buzzer. If they answer correctly, they get five points and the entire team can work together to answer a bonus question worth 10 points. They have limited time to come up with the bonus answer.

If a team gives the wrong ‘buzz in’ answer, the other team gets a chance at the five points and the bonus.

Twelve rounds of ‘buzz in’ questions and bonuses comprises a match. The team with the high score advances.

The losing team must fight their way back in a win-or-go-home bracket.

One question asked in the government category was “What is the title of the person that opens the Senate in prayer and performs symbolic duties?” (Answer: Chaplin).

From history, they were asked “What were the names of the capitals of North and South Vietnam?” (Hanoi and Saigon).

If the team disagreed with an answer, they could challenge. A judge went to the internet to see if their alternative answer was correct.

Students were allowed to use pencil and paper when asked a math question.

One math question was “What is the sum of 20 numbers beginning with 2 + 4 + 6 + 8… continuing?” (420).

By finishing in the top two spots, Brady and Perkins County advance to the Nebraska State Quiz Bowl April 24 in Holdrege.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 4/11/2017
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