Picture, left to right, Co-coach and Members of Mater Christi School Scholars Bowl Team: Mr. Mark Pendergrass, Liam Hariri, Daniel Wagner, Darcy Lavoie, Tracy Ferguson, and Ethan McCabe. Missing from picture: Co-coach, Mr. Brent Tremblay.

Scholars Bowl Tournament

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Thursday May 23, 2013

The Second Annual Vermont State Middle School Scholars Bowl Tournament was held at Fair Haven Union High School on Saturday, May 4.Mater Christi middle schoolers competed against seven teams in a round robin style tournament and went undefeated throughout the entire tournament. MCS won the final round against the Orwell team with a score of 210-200. A very close and exciting match.

Members of the Mater Christi School Scholars Bowl Team include South Burlington residents,  Dan Wagner, Tracy Ferguson, Ethan McCabe, and Liam Hariri.  Their co-coaches are Mr. Brent Tremblay, MCS social studies teacher, and Mr. Mark Pendergrass, MCS science teacher. The defining feature of quiz bowl is the use of a “buzzer system” (or, more formally, a “lockout device”) that lets players interrupt the reading of a question when they know the answer. That element adds a dimension of confidence, anticipation, and rapid recall to what is primarily a game about knowing facts. Those “tossup” questions are answered individually, but doing so earns one’s team a chance at a multipart “bonus” question. Bonus questions are worth more points and allow collaboration, but are generally more difficult. The questions come from all areas of knowledge, including history, literature, science, fine arts, current events, sports and popular culture.