LIVINGSTON, NJ — Heritage Middle School’s (HMS) Quizbowl teams participated in the 2021 LARGESSE National Academic Quiz Tournament (NAQT). HMS sent two teams, Heritage A and Heritage B, to the virtual competition.
Heritage A won first place in the preliminary rounds, while Heritage B finished in tenth place. Both teams qualified for the playoffs! Heritage B lost in a close first game of the playoffs. While Heritage A lost the second round of the playoffs, its first round win was enough for the team to qualify for the National Middle School Quizbowl Championship!
The Heritage Team A includes Robert Wang (Captain), Saanvi Kulkarni, Alan Li and Riddhi Shah. The Heritage Team B includes Jack Liu (Captain), Carolyn Zhou, Arav Kaushik and Ben Silversten.
Overall, out of a field of 42 teams, Heritage A was ranked at No. 5 and Heritage B was ranked at No. 9.
Two HMS team members were named “All-Star” players, including Robert Wang, who was listed as the second-best player in the tournament, and Jack Liu, who placed eighth out of 178 participants.
“Both teams showed great determination and work ethic and performed above expectations,” said Quizbowl team advisor and science teacher Breanna Willard. “I also love that they always showed good sportsmanship and represented Heritage well. It was a long day, and they worked hard until the end.”
According to the NAQT, the National Championships are currently scheduled to be held in Chicago in May.
“My hope is that they will make this tournament virtual so that our students can participate in the event they worked so hard to qualify for,” said Willard.
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