With buzzers in hand, 29 students from eight different schools gathered for the Sacramento Regional Quiz Bowl at Rio Americano High School, Jan. 27.
The race to answer the question began. Students rapidly buzzed in, before it was finished.
The sooner they answered, the more points they got.
Among them were seniors Carter Brown, Nick Fesler, Jacob Frankel and Jack Lewis.
Since Country Day’s team was pulled together at the last minute, they were at a disadvantage compared to other schools.
“Every other team had a coach and had been training for weeks,” Frankel said.
The SCDS team, on the other hand, had been formed at 11:30 the night before the competition.
Despite their lack of preparation, Country Day placed fifth of eight as a team, and Brown came in second place as an individual.
Mira Loma Team A won the event.
“It was like Jeopardy, but more intense,” Lewis said.
The questions covered a wide range, including math, science and pop culture.
“We were asked a series of questions about Mumford & Sons (the English folk rock band), and then we were asked about Euler’s constant (a mathematical concept),” Brown said.
The Country Day team fell short in the literature section, he added.
Brown said he hopes to get more people involved and have some actual practices to increase their chances of doing better in the upcoming Quiz Bowl in March.