Wallace State’s Quiz Bowl team finishes 7th nationally at NAQT Community College Championship

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Wallace State’s Quiz Bowl team members are, from left, Elivia Jones, Caleb Still, Zakk Waddell, Paul Knetter, Ross Wallace and Derik Arendall. Not pictured is Brett Hogan.

HANCEVILLE –  Wallace State’s Quiz Bowl team finished among the top colleges in the nation over the weekend, finishing seventh overall at the 2018 National Academic Quiz Tournaments’ Community College Championship held in Rosemont, Ill.

Wallace State’s national tournament team consisted of Zakk Waddell, Ross Wallace, Paul Knetter, Caleb Still and Brett Hogan. They earned 2,680 points and closed the tournament with five wins, helping them advance to the championship bracket. The championship bracket featured 24 community colleges.

Waddell placed 10th individually.

Wallace State’s team has gradually moved up the national Quiz Bowl scene over the past few years, placing 11th in 2012 and 9th last year.

Wallace State’s strong finish in Illinois capped an impressive 2017-2018 run for the Quiz Bowl team. Wallace State earned first place in all of their tournaments within the state, including at Coastal Alabama, Enterprise State and Bevill State.

Derik Arendall and Elivia Jones were also key team members this season.

Waddell, Wallace and Arendall are West Point High graduates, Knetter is from Gardendale, Hogan is from Fairview, Still is from Cullman and Jones is from Baileyton.

Physics instructor Christine O’Leary is the Quiz Bowl coach. Wallace State is a member of the Alabama College Bowl League.

If you are interested in joining the Wallace State Quiz Bowl team, contact O’Leary at 256.352.8112 or at Christine.oleary@wallacestate.edu.

For more information about Wallace State, visit www.wallacestate.edu.