LITTLE ROCK — Fort Smith Southside, Russellville, De Queen, Arkadelphia, Mountain View, Haas Hall-Fayetteville and Norfork top their divisions, from 7A to 1A, respectively, in a mid-season poll of participating Arkansas Governor’s Quiz Bowl Association (AGQBA) coaches.
The poll was administered by Arkansas Friends of Quiz Bowl, a nonprofit organization comprised of alumni, coaches and others who support quiz bowl in Arkansas by, among other things, funding annual scholarships for quiz bowl players.
“Teams have had a chance to face each other in competitions at this point, and coaches know better than anyone who likely will prove their toughest challenges as we approach state competition,” said Spencer Watson, president of the Friends of Quiz Bowl board of directors.
Polls were taken in January in which all AGQBA coaches were asked to rank their opponents by division, as determined by their classification in the Arkansas Activities Association (AAA). Weighted points were assigned to higher rankings. A composite score was generated from those weighted points to determine the highest ranking teams in each division.
A similar poll conducted in September prior to the beginning of the academic year’s competitions had Conway, Russellville, De Queen, Arkadelphia, Centerpoint, Haas Hall-Fayetteville and Haas Hall-Rogers as the top ranked teams in each division from 7A to 1A, respectively.
“Many early season predictions have proven accurate, but certainly there have been some surprises, too,” said Watson.
Quiz bowl is an academic competition governed by the AGQBA under the administration of the AAA. During games, players answer questions on a variety of academic topics such as literature, art, music, history, science and math to earn points.
Games are structured such that teams must rely on the individual knowledge of each player to answer most questions but are allowed to work collaboratively on others. State championships will be played in April and broadcast live on the Arkansas Educational Television Network.
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