Northmont Academic Challenge

Northmont Academic Challenge

A History of Excellence:

2010, 2013, 2014, 2015 NAQT State Champions

2012, 2014, 2015 Westfield Insurance Brain Game State Champions

2013, 2014, 2015 OAC State Champions

2013 National Sophomore of the Year (Sam Blizzard)

2012, 2013 National History Bowl Frosh/Sophomore National Champions 

2012 National Freshman of the Year (Sam Blizzard)

2011, 2018 National History Bowl State Champions


Welcome to the website of the Northmont Academic Challenge Team. The Northmont Academic Challenge Team, founded in 1990 by Mrs. Roberts has a long tradition of being one of the top academic teams in Southwest Ohio. Highlights of the team include:

  • 23 time league champion, including the last nine seasons
  • 19 time OAC regional qualifier and 9 time state tournament qualifier (Runner-up in 2011 and 2012; State Champion in 2013, 2014 and 2015)
  • 18 time national championship qualifier (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 - NAQT and PACE)
  • 7 High-Q Final Four Appearances, including 3 championships
  • Reigning GWOC League champions and back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-back Player(s) of the Year (Joe Czupryn, Amma Boakye, Brandon Williams, Michael Czupryn, Breanna Dominguez and Sam Blizzard (x3), Brendon Jenkins)
  • 7 time money winner on the ONN Brain Game (2nd-2010, 3rd- 2011, 1st- 2012, 3rd-2013, 1st- 2014, 1st-2015, 3rd- 2016)
  • Sam Blizzard was the 2011-2012 National Freshman of the Year and 2012-2013 National Sophomore of the Year
  • 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2015 NAQT State Champions
  • 2011 National History Bowl State Champions
  • 2012, 2014, and 2015 Westfield Insurance Brain Game State Champions
  • 2012 and 2013 National History Bowl Junior Varsity National Champions
  • 2013, 2014 and 2015 OAC State Champions
  • Sam Blizzard was the #1 overall scorer at the 2013, 2014 and 2015 NAQT High School National Championship Tournaments!!

As with any activity, the more work you put into it, the better you will be. Participation in Academic Challenge is open to any student at Northmont High School. As many students participate in other activities, students are welcome to participate during whatever quarters their schedules allow; however, participation in tournaments will be set based upon what team gives us the best chance to win. It is my expectation that all students make themselves available for the two tournaments that we host, league matches, and regional, state and national championship tournaments. (Particularly varsity players). 

We regularly have freshmen and sophomores who compete and contribute mightily to our team, so don’t be intimidated!

2017-2018 Team Highlights

  • Northmont opened the season with a 20th place finish (of 36) at the Glasgow Scottie Invitational in Glasgow, Kentucky. This tournament featured many of the top teams in the country. Freshman captain Samantha Street was the second highest scoring freshman in the field. 
  • Northmont finished in 3rd place at the Virginia Tech Fall Tournament in Blacksburg, Virginia. This finish qualified Northmont for both NAQT and PACE National Championships! 
  • Northmont finished 8-2 at the Miami Valley School Tournament, posting wins over top teams from Sidney, St. Charles, Copley and Tippecanoe.
  • Playing in the senior division, a group of three Northmont freshmen (Samantha Street, Zach Weeks, and Amara Nwanoro) finished 3rd at the White Cloud Invitational. Samantha Street was the highest scorer in the entire senior division!
  • Northmont qualified for OAC regionals by winning their division at the Ohio State Fall Tournament. The Northmont team of Street, Nwanoro, Sean Scranton, and William Miller posted wins over CJ, Carroll, Wellington, St. Charles and Centennial to qualify.
  • Northmont continued its winning ways at Beavercreek, winning our division for the 3rd tournament in a row. The team extended that streak the next week at Tippecanoe, beating Simon Kenton to win our division for the 4th week in a row.
  • Northmont won the championship of the Little Miami Academic Challenge for the third time in four years, defeating Tippecanoe in the championship game. 
  • The Northmont team of Samantha Street, Sean Scranton, Zach Weeks, Amara Nwanoro, Jazlyn Simon and Athena Dobles traveled to Rockford, Illinois where they won the championship of the Knight's Challenge. The team defeated Fremd, Illinois in the final after earlier posting wins over Rockford Auburn and Carbondale.
  • The team posted an 18-1 record in the GWOC, winning their division for the 10th consecutive year!!!
  • The team defeated Beavercreek in the finals to win the state championship of the Ohio History Bowl!! Sean Scranton was the state champion of the History Bee!!
  • The team defeated two Top-100 teams to finish 3rd at the spring break tournament at Boston Latin School. 

For Parents

The Northmont Academic Challenge team travels regularly, beginning in September and ending in May with the National Championship competitions. We currently host two tournaments during the year to raise money to cover hotels, entrance fees and transportation. However, occasionally, students will be asked to pay a portion of the cost for our tournaments.

In order to keep costs down for participants, it is important that all students (and hopefully parents!) be involved in assisting with our tournaments. This can include reading matches, score-keeping, helping set-up food for our volunteers or picking up food from donors, or helping Mr. Jones and his assistant coaches with organizing the event.

Each week, we will announce the team for that weekend’s tournament and will distribute permission slips for the event. These permission slips will be distributed every Monday for a Saturday tournament. If your student is attending a weekend event, please make sure that they have their signed permission slip to Mr. Jones before the event, or they will be unable to travel with the team.

In order to keep you in the loop, I will send home periodic newsletters detailing the results and progress of our team. Those newsletters will also be posted to this webpage. I also invite parents to sit in on practice, or to come to one of our events. The students work very hard to excel, and unlike other athletics, we get very little recognition for our success.

If you have any questions about the team, your student’s progress, or any of our events, do not hesitate to contact me at (937) 266-6613 or


Practices are held on Mondays and Fridays after school from 3:00-5:00 pm in room 3108 for varsity players. Currently, we have separate practices for varsity and JV students on Fridays so that students can practice with others of a similar skill level. The middle school team practices on Thursdays at the high school in Room 3108.

The team works best when everyone focuses on a core area. All students will be expected to familiarize themselves with the “You Gotta Know Lists” on Weekly quizzes may be given to determine tournament participation, which will also be based upon other study guides that are distributed and knowledge in your particular area of expertise.

Each student is expected to select two areas of expertise from one of the following areas:

  • Science (Biology and Geology)

  • Science (Chemistry and Physics)
  • Literature (American and World)
  • Fine Arts (Includes art, music)
  • Social Sciences (Includes Psychology, Sociology, Economics, etc.)
  • Mathematics (Computation and Terminology)
  • History / Social Studies
  • Geography

Students will be given study guides and are expected to do outside research on their subject areas. Teams will be composed of students who are specialists in a variety of topics- therefore, the easiest way to play is to study something that no one else knows!

2018- 2019 GWOC League Schedule

TBAvs. Troy
TBAvs. Xenia 
TBAvs. Greenville
TBAvs. Sidney
TBAvs. Fairmont
TBAvs. Wayne
TBAvs. West Carrollton
TBAvs. Stebbins
TBAvs. Springboro
TBAvs. Centerville
TBAvs. Vandalia-Butler
TBAvs. Fairborn
TBAvs. Trotwood-Madison
TBAvs. Springfield
TBAvs. Miamisburg
TBAvs. Piqua
TBAvs. Tippecanoe
TBAvs. Lebanon
TBAvs. Beavercreek

2018-2019 Tournament Schedule 

As has been the case in past seasons, expect tournaments almost every weekend. Not all students will participate in each event, but the varsity team should expect to play as much as possible. 

Date Tournament  Question Set 
August 25, 2018Glasgow Scottie Tournament (KY) Glasgow Housewrite 
September 1, 2018

September 8, 2018
September 15, 2018
September 22, 2018Rutgers Scarlet Knight Invitational
September 29, 2018Miami Valley School Fall Kickoff  IS-177 
October 6, 2018Northmont Middle School Tournament (We host)  NMMS 2 
October 13, 2018White Cloud Invitational  IS-178A 
October 20, 2018 
October 27, 2018

November 3, 2018 Tippecanoe Academic Challenge TournamentIS-180A 

November 10, 2018

Washington University- St. Louis Fall Tournament  ATHENA Set 
November 17, 2018Little Miami Academic Challenge  Housewrite OAC 
November 24, 2018No Tournament - Thanksgiving  
December 1, 2018Rowdy Raider Invitational (Northmont)
December 8, 2018

December 15, 2018  
December 22, 2018

December 29, 2018
No Tournament - New Years Break  
January 5, 2019

January 12, 2019
January 19, 2019Northmont Academic Challenge Tournament  Housewrite OAC 
January 26, 2019

February 2, 2019       

February 9, 2019

February 16-17, 2019 Solon Two-Day Tournament  IS-183 
February 23, 2019Copley Invitational  Housewrite OAC 
March 2, 2019

March 9, 2019

March 16, 2019
March 23, 2019
March 30, 2019

April 6, 2019OAC Regional Competition (@Tippecanoe)
OAC Regionals 
April 13, 2019
April 20, 2019NAQT State Championship (@ Olentangy Berlin)  D2 SCT Set 
April 27, 2019National History Bowl National Championship (@Wash DC) NHBB Nationals Set 
May 4, 2019

May 11, 2019 OAC State Championship (@ St. Charles)  OAC State 
May 18, 2019 Northmont Pre-Nationals Tournament  D2 ICT Set 
May 25-26, 2019 NAQT National Championship (Atlanta, GA)  HSNCT Set 
June 1-2, 2019
PACE National Championship (Reston, VA) PACE NSC Set 



For additional information, please contact:

David Jones

Northmont High School

4916 National Rd
Clayton, OH 45315

Phone: (937) 266-6613