March 12, 2009  


Quiz Team in Top Four at Community College Nationals, Wins Invitation to Compete at University Nationals

The Northeast Mustangs finished fourth out of the twenty-four community college teams competing in Orlando, Florida recently for the national Community College Championship title.

“The format, questions, and competition were all great. I was very impressed by the skill of the moderators and how well the tournament was put together,” said Northeast Team Captain Casey Lowery. Casey, a freshman at Northeast, finished fifth out of over 170 competitors for his individual performance. This makes Casey’s fifth individual trophy of the season.

Because of its outstanding performance, Northeast was chosen as one of only six community colleges invited to the Intercollegiate Championship Tournament (ICT) to be held in Dallas, Texas on April 3, 2009. At the ICT, Northeast and the other five community colleges will compete against freshmen and sophomores from universities such as UCLA, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and Princeton University.

At the Community College Championship, Northeast was undefeated and top-seeded in its bracket after seven rounds of play, having comfortable won by scores such as 375-5 against Allen County CC of Kansas, 255-130 against Broward CC of Florida, and 375-50 against Pasco-Hernando CC of Texas.

Brutally fierce competition in the playoffs was to be Northeast’s undoing. Against former national champion, Valencia CC of Florida, Northeast lost 75-240. Against Reynolds CC of Virginia, Northeast lost by an agonizing 215-265, which amounted to one question about a rap music album and the bonus questions that came with that correct answer.

The playoff battle against Chipola CC of Florida came down to Northeast’s Andrew Burdette rightly pointing out that the question contained an error (about Dale Earnhardt). Northeast’s success on that protest (which took at least half an hour to resolve) resulted in a 65-point change in the match and made Northeast that playoff round winner. In the next round, Northeast lost in a tie-breaker half-round against another team with a 7-2 record. The final result was that Reynolds CC of Virginia won the national title.

Northeast placed higher than any other Alabama community college, and Northeast is the only Alabama community college to be invited to the ICT.

The Northeast team was accompanied by co-sponsors Denise Patterson and Daphne Huntley. Also, parents Ann Monroe and Sarah Burdette traveled to see their sons perform and to cheer the team on at every turn.

"The Northeast Quiz Team offers its deepest thanks to the Northeast administration, faculty, staff and students, who have supplied endless encouragement and support throughout this season," said Huntley.

"We are very proud of the accomplishments of our Quiz Team," said Dr. David Campbell, President of Northeast. "They have represented Northeast extremely well. Our faculty who have worked with the Quiz Team are to be commended for their work with the Quiz Team as well. They are Dr. Daphne Huntley, Mr. Kevin Holt, and Ms. Denise Patterson. They have certainly helped our students get to this high level of success."

Dean Tonie Niblett congratulated the successful quiz team as well. "It is such a wonderful accomplishment for the Northeast Quiz Team to perform so well at Orlando and earn a place at the Dallas competition against university teams," she said. "We are so proud of them and wish them the best at Dallas. Go Mustangs!!!!"

Quiz Team members prepare.For more information on the NACC Mustangs Quiz Team, contact a sponsor:

Daphne Huntley, or phone ext. 441;

Kevin Holt, or phone ext. 239;

Denise Patterson, or phone ext. 415.

NACC Mustangs Quiz Team 2008-09