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About Our Team

The Hunter quiz bowl team was founded in the winter of 2005-06 by Guy Tabachnick and Tony Cheng, both class of 2009. A small membership developed under the advisory of counselor Chris Rogutsky. In October 2006, the team, being temporarily advised by lab technician Asumana Randolph, performed very well in its first tournament at Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, VA. The team has since attended many other tournaments, both regional and national. Soon afterwards, math teacher Melanie Pflaum took over as advisor, a post she held until her departure from HCHS after the 2007-08 school year. Math teacher Stephen Young took the venerable helm of team adviser between 2008 and 2013. During the 2013-14 school year the team was advised by the joint reign of math teacher Lyubomir Detchkov and counselor Colleen Hennessy. English teacher Christopher Chilton advised the team from the fall of 2014 until the spring of 2017, a tenure in office which included two consecutive national championships for the team. In the fall, science teacher Caitlin Samuel will be taking over as adviser. 

The team won the PACE National Scholastics Championship in June 2012 and the NAQT High School National Championship Tournament in June 2016 and June 2017. Hunter Quiz Bowl also holds the all-time scoring record for a high school on regular difficulty questions or harder, set at 627.3 points per game at March Madness at Livingston High School on March 18, 2017. For a year-by-year history, including competition history, see Team History.

If you'd like to join us, please drop by one of our practices! We meet Mondays during Activities in room 422 and Tuesdays and Fridays from 2:50-5:00 p.m. in room 302.  

Team Bios

We only include self-submitted bios; a player can choose to opt out of being listed in this portion of the website. A complete list of team members can be found here.
  • Philip Belin, Class of 2022
I am a Quiz Bowl player for Hunter in 8th grade specializing in fraud. Seriously. I don't actually know anything, I'm just very good at guessing. I also get questions about the American Revolution because Hamilton. I would get questions about Discworld and Douglas Adams if there were any. Outside of Quiz Bowl, I am also above average at math. In my spare time, I enjoy playing Overwatch, telling jokes, and writing about myself in the third person. He is currently waiting for his local Walmart to receive a new shipment of lives so he can finally get one.
  • Sam Brochin, Class of 2018
I love the Mets. Everyone else is wrong. I joined because I felt like it. I live on the Upper West Side, closer to civilization than most other people. I do not like My Little Pony. I get everything on geography, sports, and Jewish stuff. I am a seventh eighth ninth tenth (site manager note: now twelfth) grader, and Wilton never lets me forget it.
  • Benjamin Chapman, Class of 2021
I am a Quiz Bowl player for Hunter in Grade 9. I specialize in science and '70s rock music, but also can get computational math and anything about Holst's The Planets. I joined Quiz Bowl in Grade 8 and attended multiple high school and middle school tournaments. I went to 2017 MSNCT and tied for 8th with a PP20TUH of 29. In my free time, I enjoy playing guitar, biking, video games, and listening to music (mostly '70s rock).
  • Gilad (Middle School Director)Class of 2018
Hi, fellow Quiz Bowlers! I'm currently a senior at Hunter, an Arts editor for Prison Bowl for the second year running, and the director of the recently revived program for our middle school 'bowlers. It's been a long few years since my tender beginnings in ninth grade quiz bowl, and even then I still couldn't tell you how the card system works. I'm proud of my specialty in art and music, but that can't beat my best personal accomplishment, memorizing the world's countries and their capitals. Looking forward to facing you in the QB arena!
  • David Godovich, Class of 2018
I joined Quiz Bowl back when I was a lowly 7th grade. I'm now a slightly less lowly 12th grader, but I'm not much better at the game. Along with Sam, I am the most senior member of the team. I've had a lot of fun being on B Team for a good third of my lifespan, and to be honest, I really don't want to be on A. Studying is way too hard.
  • Ada-Marie Gutierrez, Class of 2018

  • I joined quiz bowl in the fall of eighth grade because I had been too intimidated in the past to do so. It is now one of my favorite activities, along with fencing, theatre, singing, and knitting. I am not knowledgeable about as much stuff as my sophomore peers, but the stuff I do know about, I know A LOT about, so watch out. My overall quiz bowl goal is to just be awesome at every category, but right now I'm working on literature and American history. And at being awesome. 
  • Asher Jaffe, Class of 2020
I am a 10th grade Hunter Quiz Bowl player who has been described as "charming," "funny," "smart," "disturbing," "geometrically improbable," "many-tentacled," and "chthonic." Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.
  • Inara Kardar, Class of 2021
I am a Hunter Quiz Bowl player currently in 9th grade. I specialize in fine arts, myth, and (occasionally) history, but should probably study more often. I officially joined Quiz Bowl in 8th grade after attending a few meetings in 7th grade when I had literally nothing else to do. I have attended a few tournaments, mostly at the middle school level. In my free time, I enjoy drawing, singing, and procrastinating when she should be working. I spent ten minutes trying to think of a clever sentence to omit but inevitably failed.
  • Jeremy Kim, Class of 2020
I am a Quiz Bowl player for Hunter in 10th grade. I mostly specialize in math and science. I joined Quiz Bowl in my freshman year and have attended multiple high school tournaments. I went to the 2017 PACE tournament and enjoyed my time there. In my free time, I enjoy solving math problems and watching movies.
  • Chloe Levine (Captain), Class of 2018
Heading into my fourth year with HCHS Quiz Bowl, I am thrilled to be serving as the Captain for the 2017-2018 season after serving as Vice Captain last season. I was that kid whose parents yelled at her because she tried to read novels at the dinner table, and so specializing in literature has been an absolute joy. Outside of QB and HB, I write songs, poetry, and prose, sing Soprano I in chamber choir, act whenever I get the chance, and do traditional English and American dance. Hope to see you at the buzzer! :)
  • Brian Lu, Class of 2019
I am a Hunter Quiz Bowl player, currently a junior. I specialize in history, social sciences, and current events. I joined Quiz Bowl in seventh grade (2013), and have been to 2014 MSNCT, 2016 HSNCT, and 2017 HSNCT. Outside of Quiz Bowl, I enjoy reading, playing the clarinet, being really bad at soccer, and conquering the world while playing as Luxembourg in Hearts of Iron Four.
  • Daniel Ma (Vice Captain), Class of 2019
I am in Grade 11 and I am Hunter A's official history player, a title which has been anointed onto me by Luke Tierney himself, additionally specializing in geography and earth science/astrophysics, and being reasonably good in fine arts, myth, and biology. I joined Quiz Bowl as a 7th grade and, since then, have been the captain of Hunter B, on and off for a year and constantly for two years, along with JV History Bowl, for a similar length of time, which has endowed me with much practical savvy along with whatever playing ability I have. I am also quite successful in other academic competitions, having led a top-ranked history bowl JV team to a narrow 3rd place defeat, having placed 2nd in the JV US Geography Olympiad, and having received the top score in Hunter in both AMC 10s in 2017. In my free time, I enjoy playing and improvising on the piano, solving fun maths problems, and learning about Pre-Columbian American Indians.
  • Pedro Juan Orduz, Class of 2021
I am a Hunter Quiz Bowl players, currently in 9th grade. I am currently on a leave of absence at the International School of Zug and Luzern in Switzerland. I joined Quiz Bowl in 8th grade, and went to 2017 MSNCT, and went to 2017 MSNCT, where I helped my team finish tied for 8th with a 43-ish PP20.
  • Cerulean Ozarow, Class of 2021
Hi! I'm Cerulean, and I'm in 9th grade (it's very frightening). I joined Quiz Bowl in 7th grade, and I've loved it ever since. My specialties are history and geography, and I can also get some computational math as well as random assorted other clues. Also, I'll get everything ever asked about James A. Garfield. Outside of Quiz Bowl, I enjoy reading, writing, genealogical research, and composing.
  • Rachel Yang, Class of 2021
I joined in the fall of 2015 as a small-bean who knew a thing or two about Greek mythology, and have since matured into a smallish-bean who aspires to become a literature/mythology specialist. Outside of quiz bowl, I enjoy procrastinating, venting, and sleeping (things I also do while playing quiz bowl), as well as taking Latin, playing the piano, and swimming. Please note: I will never let you power anything Taylor Swift. Ever. (Site manager note: In the 2016-2017 season, Rachel won the Hunter mirror of a Taylor Swift tournament written by Darien Quiz Bowl Captain Michael Borecki.)

Members Emeriti

  • Louis Cholden-Brown, Class of 2008
  • Tony Cheng, Class of 2009
  • Guy Tabachnick, Class of 2009 (Captain, 2005-2009)
  • Maggie Tse, Class of 2009
  • Cynthia Chan, Class of 2011
  • Mehnaj Ahmed, Class of 2012
  • Lily Chen, Class of 2012 (Captain, 2009-2012)
  • York Chen, Class of 2012
  • Matthew Gurevitch, Class of 2012
  • Paul Moschetti, Class of 2012
  • Pearl Mutnick, Class of 2012
  • Charles Pan, Class of 2012
  • David Xu, Class of 2012
  • Richard Yu, Class of 2012
  • William Dou, Class of 2013
  • Willie Ha, Class of 2013
  • Wilton Rao, Class of 2013
  • Zihan Zheng, Class of 2013 (Co-Captain, 2012-2013)
  • Alex Moschetti, Class of 2014
  • Marianna Zhang, Class of 2014 (Co-Captain, 2012-2013; Captain, 2013-2014)
  • Swathi Chakrapani, Class of 2015
  • Jason Gurevitch, Class of 2015
  • Sarah Hamerling, Class of 2015 (Co-Captain, 2014-2015)
  • Sophey Ho, Class of 2015
  • Jonathan "JLin" Lin, Class of 2015
  • Brent Morden, Class of 2015
  • Karina Xie, Class of 2015
  • Joshua Kwan, Class of 2016
  • Albert Tai, Class of 2016 (Co-Captain, 2014-2015; Captain, 2015-2016)
  • Luke Tierney, Class of 2017 (Captain, 2016-2017)


Hunter A poses with the gigantic HSNCT 2017 trophy, which was then promptly disassembled so it could be taken home on the plane.

Left to right: Abishrant, Sam, Luke, Chloe

Hunter B takes PACE 2017!

Left to right: Rachel, Daniel, Gilad, Ada-Marie, Jeremy

Hunter's MS A Team takes T-8 at the first MSNCT attended by a Hunter team in three years! We're so proud of these up-and-coming players.

Back row, left to right: Ben, Pedro, Philip, Ella
Front row, left to right: Rachel, Cerulean

The team ambushes a camera-shy Luke for a team photo at QuBit III.

Left to right: Ben, Sam, Chloe, Abishrant, Luke, Gilad, Rachel


The team at 2016's Columbia University Winter Tournament!

Left to right: Helen, Rachel, Chloe, Joshua, Luke, Albert, Abishrant, Alice, Gilad, Ella

Downtime at HFT.

Left to right: Luke, David, Chloe, Daniel, Albert, Sam, Joshua


Hunter Quiz Bowl takes 2015's PACE NSC (National Scholastic Championship)!

Left to right: Gilad, Luke, Brent, Albert, Daniel, David, Ada, Chloe, Sam

The team enjoys some Zinneken's waffles before 2014's Harvard Fall Tournament!
Left to right: Joshua, Karina, Albert, Brent, Alex, Swathi, Jason, Sarah (notably missing: JLin)


Assembled at Livingston High School for the 2014 March Madness tournament.
Back, from left: Alex, Jonathan
Middle: Jason, Daniel, Mr. Detchkov, Sarah, Douglas, Karina, Joshua
Front: Brent, Marianna, Albert, Lily

Assembled in front of Sever Hall at Harvard University for the 2013 HFT.

Top row, from left: Jonathan, Albert, Brent, Alex
Bottom row: Sarah, Marianna, Priya, Karina, Mr. Chilton


Assembled in front of Harkness Hall at Yale University for the 2013 BHSAT. 


Back row, from left: Alex Moschetti, William Dou, Wilton Rao, Sarah Hamerling, Mehnaj Ahmed, Paul Moschetti, Tenzin Norzin, Onema Ahmed, Isabelle Wong, Matthew Gurevitch, Richard Yu, Sophey Ho, Marianna Zhang
Front row, from left: David Xu, Mr. Young, Richard Yu, Brent Morden, Lily Chen


Top: Harry, Tenzin, Sarah, Matthew, Zihan, Mehnaj, Richard, Willie, Wilton, Paul, David
Bottom: Jason, Lily, Cynthia, Marianna, York




Maggie, Lily, Guy, Tony

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