2010 Northern Indiana Championship Overview
St. Joe's and North White win 2010 Large/Private and Small Public School Rotary Northern Indiana Quizbowl Championships respectively by winning best-of-three finals 2-1 over Culver Academies and North Miami!
Large/Private School Runners-up Culver Academies Small Public
School Runners-up North Miami
St. Joe's High School of South Bend defeated Culver Academies two games to one in the final of the Rotary Large/Private School Championship to claim the $500 first place prize and 2010 set of the Encyclopaedia Britanica. In the small school division, North White High School defeated North Miami also by two games to one to claim identical prizes. The runners-up both received checks for $300, with third-place teams Clay and Argos taking home $100 checks. Full results can be found here.
With a winter storm pummeling Indianapolis and the central part of the state, a few of the Southern teams who had registered for the tournament, including Northwestern, Pioneer, and Fort Wayne Northrop had to cancel their trip, but nineteen schools braved the cold to compete, making this the largest number of Indiana schools ever represented at one quizbowl tournament (aside from the 2009 State Championship which featured 22 schools). This is also the first time a small public school division was established at any Indiana tournament, hopefully heralding an era of increased recognition and participation for small schools.
All teams played nine round robin teams before the two top teams in each division faced off in the final series. In thrilling matches in both divisions, the eventual runners-up took the Champions to the limit- Culver Academies even had the lead in the Large/Private School division with only three questions to go before St. Joe's pulled ahead for the victory. Complete results and stats have been posted here. You can also watch the final match here.
After the final game, and the awarding of the prize money and encyclopaedia sets to the top teams, top individual performers in the preliminary rounds were recognized. The top eight scorers and members of the tournament all-star team were Michael Shakar and Charles of St. Joe's, Pat G. of La Lumiere, Luke S. of Clay, and Andrew VanDuyn and Kirsten Paff of Culver Academies. In the small school division the all-star team included Adam and Jacob of North Miami, Jason, Allyson, and Wade of North White, Ryan of Argos, Brett of Kouts, and Jacob of Bremen.
Each of these sixteen all-stars as well as other top performers received book prizes sponsored by Encyclopaedia Britanica and the New York Times.
Apart from the prizes for top performers, several raffle prizes were also award, including gift certificates to the Edgewater, City Tavern, and Coffee Company in Culver, Christo's and Ponderosa in Plymouth, and Pizza Hut and The Lunch Box in Fort Wayne. Oliver Ford also provided a cruise for two which was won by North Miami coach Andrew Turner. Culver Academies provided a buzzer system, won by Kouts High School, and in preparation for the tournament Matt's Buzzers, Ancilla College, the Catherine Kasper Life Center, and Eberly Investment of Argos combined forces to provide buzzer systems for Bremen and Fort Wayne Northrop High Schools (see below for pictures).
Private and Large Public Schools:
North Miami Coach Andrew Turner wins cruise for two! Kouts High School wins buzzer system!
The following nineteen schools participated in the tournament:
Northrop Guidance Counselor Cleve Million, Quizbowl Captain Cecelia Nguyen, Quizbowl Coach Christine Binns, and Plymouth Rotary Club member Phil Blessman try out Northrop’s new buzzer system, valued at $575.
Plymouth Rotary Club member Phil Blessman, Ancilla College Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Todd Zeltwanger, Bremen Principal Bruce Jennin, Quizbowl Captain Jaxson Burkins, and Quizbowl Coach Ken Olson try out Bremen’s new buzzer system, valued at $575. Photo Credit: Mandy McFarland, Bremen Enquirer