April 16, 2009


Victory in Dallas! Northeast Quiz Team Wins National Recognition and Gold

In its very first appearance at the Intercollegiate Championship Tournament of Academic Quiz Teams (ICT), the Northeast Quiz Team took the first place trophy for community colleges and bested several top universities. The ICT is Jeopardy!-style academic competition among 64 colleges and universities from across the country that have won regional eliminations. The competition took place in Dallas, Texas on April 3.

Competing for Northeast were Tyler Hughes (freshman, Higdon), Casey Lowery (freshman, Huntsville), Garrett Monroe (sophomore, Pisgah), and Cord Pack (sophomore, Sylvania). Andrew Burdette (sophomore, Pisgah) also accompanied the team and served as a designated staff member for the two-day competition.

“I think our victory in Dallas shows that we really have put forth a lot of effort towards achieving our goal. The college and the community have contributed so much to bring us to this victory,” said Cord Pack, who specializes in Eastern and Middle Eastern geopolitics for the team.

In its quest for the prized trophy, Northeast defeated the Division II teams from Princeton University, Vanderbilt University and Miami University (Ohio). Northeast also defeated returning ICT community college champion Valencia Community College.

In addition to defeating several prestigious and more experienced teams in head-to-head competition, Northeast also outranked several other colleges and universities by besting other competitors’ win-loss records.

Division II teams from Case Western Reserve University, Mississippi State University, the University of Alabama and Northwestern University were among those which the Northeast team outranked. Northeast either defeated or outranked the other five community colleges at ICT from Florida and Virginia.

The Quiz Team and its faculty sponsors are to be commended for this outstanding accomplishment,” stated Dr. David Campbell, NACC President. “The team members are very talented students and they have worked hard in developing their skills. Their accomplishments this year reflect so well on Northeast.” Northeast Director of Student Services Tonie Niblett commented, “The Quiz Team has performed so well this season, and we’re proud of how well they’ve represented Northeast on a national level.”

At the tournament, Northeast garnered a total of 2,135 points, averaging 134 points per round. Northeast defeated Princeton by a score of 225 to 145 and Vanderbilt University by a score of 220-125. Northeast defeated former ICT champion Valencia 125-105; Valencia finished the competition second among community colleges. In February, Northeast lost to Valencia in the playoffs at the Community College Championship in Orlando, where Valencia won second place.

Team Captain Casey Lowery discussed the team effort; "I'm very proud of the team,” he said. I'm just excited that all of the hard work and time that we've sacrificed paid off in the end.” Casey was also recognized for his individual performance in Dallas by being named to the All-Tournament Team for his fifth-place finish.

Northeast Faculty members Brad Fricks, Kevin Holt and Daphne Huntley serve as co-sponsors of the Northeast Quiz Team.

“The best thing about this victory is that no one person made it happen,” said Huntley. “The administration, staff, faculty members and Northeast alums have all contributed to this program; parents and even grandparents have volunteered time and energy to help with this program; our high school coaches have dedicated countless hours teaching and training these students before they got to Northeast. This national trophy is for the whole Northeast family.”

Kevin Holt added, “All I can say is that I am proud of these young men and their victory. This was tough competition against the best and biggest colleges and universities in the country, but these guys never lost their edge and never backed down.”

Garrett Monroe, who has been a scholarship member of the team for the past two years, summarized the victory, “This just goes to show you that the size of the college means nothing. Northeast can compete with the best of them, even Ivy League institutions. I’m grateful for the support of my friends, my family and everybody at Northeast. Here’s to a great win.”

For more information, contact Dr. Daphne Huntley at or phone ext. 441; Bradley Fricks at or phone ext. 400; or Kevin Holt at or phone ext. 239.

Congratulating the national champ Quiz Team! Pictured (L-R) are (front) Quiz Team members Garrett Monroe, Casey Lowery, Andrew Burdette, and Cord Pack, (not pictured Tyler Hughes); (middle row) Dr. David Campbell, President of NACC; Dr. Daphne Huntley, Instructor and Quiz Team sponsor/coach; (top row) Kevin Holt, Instructor and Quiz Team sponsor/coach; Tonie Niblett, Dean of Students; and Susan Barron, Director of Events Planning at NACC.
Team members hold the national championship trophy.
Article written by Dr. Daphne Huntley; photo taken by Debra A. Barrentine, Director of Promotions and Marketing at NACC.