February 17, 2009


Quiz Team Invited to Nationals

The Northeast Alabama Community College Quiz Team has received a coveted invitation to the Community College Championship Tournament in Orlando, Florida for later this month. Only twenty-four community colleges from across the United States received invitations.

The four students who will represent Northeast include freshman Casey Lowery, who has garnered five trophies for his individual performances this year, Cord Pack of Sylvania, Garrett Monroe of Pisgah and Tyler Hughes of Higdon.

“This is a great opportunity for the team and the college. I hope everyone will show support for the team in the coming weeks,” said Monroe, a Northeast sophomore and education major.

“We have come a long way to get to where we are,” added Cord Pack, a Northeast freshman, who recently won a trophy for his individual performance at Southern Union Community College. “I am so glad that we are getting the chance to prove our worth at nationals.”

Sophomore Andrew Burdette of Pisgah will accompany the team to work on the tournament staff.

Northeast biology instructor and Quiz Team co-sponsor Kevin Holt noted, “We have beat every community college in the Alabama System that we have played and we have beat many four year colleges in the Southeast as well. This says a great deal about the caliber of students we have at Northeast Alabama Community College and the quality of education they receive here as students.”

Chad Kubicek, Chief Financial Officer for the organization sponsoring the national competition, NAQT, stated: "We at NAQT are very excited about our Community College Championship Tournament in Orlando. With 24 of the top teams from schools across the country, the competition for the community college national title will be intense."

At the NAQT qualifying tournaments held on January 24 across the country, Northeast earned more average points per round than any other community college in the nation.

“It’s an honor to play on a team like the one we have here at Northeast,” commented freshman Casey Lowery. “My teammates and I have worked really hard to become the team that we are today. I have little doubt that the combined effort put forth by this team will yield anything less than a national title.”

“This is a first for us,” said Denise Patterson, Northeast biology instructor and team co-sponsor. “We came very close to an invitation last year, but missed by a few points. For the first time since the team’s institution, we’ve made it. I’m so proud of the team and the college for its support of the team.” Patterson and team co-sponsor Dr. Daphne Huntley, Northeast English instructor, will accompany the team to Orlando. The competition will be on February 27 and 28.

For more information on the NACC Quiz Team call  ext. 441 (Huntley) or ext. 415 (Patterson).

Pictured left to right are winning Quiz Team members Garrett Monroe, Cord Pack, Tyler Hughes, and Casey Lowery.
Team members beside the NACC campus lake