January 27, 2009

NACC Quiz Team Finishes Second at NAQT Sectionals

The Northeast Alabama Community College Quiz Team finished in second place at the NAQT Alabama Sectionals competition on January 23, 2009. Until this competition, Northeast had been undefeated by any community college for the season. At Sectionals, Northeast competed against eight other community college teams, and lost to both Snead State and Jeff State. Nevertheless, Northeast finished with the highest number of points of any team at the competition.

Northeast freshman Casey Lowery also won a second-place trophy for his individual performance at the competition. This is Casey’s fourth individual trophy of the year.

The Quiz Team competes in Jeopardy-style academic competition against other community colleges and universities

Despite its second-place finish at sectionals, the Mustangs are hoping to be one of sixteen community colleges from across the nation to compete in Orlando, Florida for the national title. “We should know in the next couple of weeks whether we’ll be one of the teams invited to nationals. This would be our first invitation, and we’re proud of our team and all they’ve accomplished this year,” said Dr. Daphne Huntley, Northeast English instructor and co-sponsor.

“I’m surprised at how much the team has grown in skill in just this year alone,” said Denise Patterson, Quiz Team co-sponsor. “This team is growing stronger with every competition.”

In addition to Huntley and Patterson, Brad Fricks and Kevin Holt serve as co-sponsors for the team. “This group of dedicated students represents some of the brightest minds on our campus, and their success is a reflection of both their individual efforts and the tremendous support from the college,” said Fricks, adding, “NACC is lucky to have such ambassadors for our school.”

Quiz Team members show their trophies.