|Prep Quiz Bowl Team|
2012 - 2013
Quiz Bowl Teams Earn Top Honors at NAQT State Event
Members of Jesuit’s “A” and “C” Quiz Bowl teams are, from left, pre-freshman Mitchell Barras, junior Ian Calamari, pre-freshman Peyton Lofton, junior Jim Huang, junior Mark Alvarez,
pre-freshman William Fine, freshman Stephen Owers, and junior Kevin Yokum.
Blue Jay Quiz Bowlers finished first, second, and fourth at a State Quiz Bowl tournament, sponsored by the NAQT (National Academic Quiz Tournaments), held Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Archbishop Chapelle High School.
The trio of Jesuit teams won sans seniors and featured all underclassmen. Team A, captained by junior Kevin Yokum, was undefeated and won the state title. Team B, captained by sophomore Alex Daigle, took second place, its only defeat dealt by Jesuit’s A Team. Team C, captained by freshman Stephen Owers, took fourth place. Teams B & D are pictured below.
The Quiz Bowl team will compete in the National Academic Championships to be held at a hotel in downtown New Orleans during the Memorial Day weekend (May 25-26).
Quiz Bowl Teams B and D consist of, from left, pre-freshman Ishan Basu Ray, freshman Andrew Cerise, pre-freshman Ian Doskey, junior Stanley Dai, sophomore Alex Daigle, sophomore
Brett Lorio, freshman Anthony Stoner, and freshman Joseph Stagni.
Varsity Quiz Bowl Successfully Defends Its State Title for Fifth Consecutive Year
Quiz Bowl Team coach Ron Rossi and his first string lineup display their latest trophy, which represents a fifth straight state championship for Jesuit High School. The
Quiz Bowl champs are, from left, seniors Dominic Lloyd, Will Emmett, and
Peyton Fine, and juniors Kevin Yokum and Ian Calamari.
The Varsity Quiz Bowl team competed in the Louisiana Association of Academic Competition’s (LAAC) State Championship Tournament on March 16, 2013 on the campus of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches and emerged as the kings of quiz bowl.
Captained by senior Peyton Fine, the Jesuit team consists of two other seniors, William Emmett and Dominic Lloyd, and juniors Kevin Yokum and Ian Calamari. The Blue Jay quintet defeated the teams in their division by a margin of over 100 points, thereby winning a fifth consecutive Division 1 State Championship for Jesuit High School.
The state title culminates a near perfect 41-1 season in Louisiana competition, along with a 15th place ranking in the worldwide Knowledge Master Open Tournament.
Quiz Bowl Wins Regional Contest, Advances to Defend State Title for 5th Straight Year
Pictured from left are (top row) Mr. Ron Rossi (coach) and senior Dominic Lloyd; front row, senior William Emmett, junior and team captain Kevin Yokum, and sophomore Sam Zelder.
Jesuit’s Varsity Quiz Bowl team competed in the LAAC Regional Tournament held at Jesuit on Saturday, February 23. The team went undefeated and continues on to State competition in Natchitoches on March16 to defend its State title for the fifth straight year.
Jesuit Quiz Bowl Teams Go Undefeated to Sweep
Mr. Ron Rossi (coach), sophomore Alex Daigle (JV), senior Peyton Fine (varsity),
and pre-freshman William Fine (junior high) hold their first place trophies
from the LSU Tournament.
Jesuit’s Quiz Bowl teams competed in the LSU Academic Challenge Quiz Bowl Tournament on Saturday, February 2, 2013, and went undefeated to win first place in all three divisions. This tournament annually brings together over fifty high school teams from all around the South, mostly Louisiana, but also Mississippi, Texas, Florida, and Georgia. The event is co-hosted by the LSU Quiz Bowl team, the National Academic Competition (NAC), and Questions Unlimited.
Jesuit Quiz Bowlers Takes First Place in Tulane Tournament
Pictured from left are senior Dominic Lloyd, senior Andrew Burmaster,
junior Kevin Yokum, and junior Ian Calamari.
Jesuit’s Quiz Bowl team participated in the Tulane University Tournament held Saturday, November 17. The team of seniors and juniors pictured above won 8-1 to take first place in a field of 19 teams. Kevin Yokum was also recognized as the MVP of the tournament.
Quiz Bowl Teams Sweep Their Second Tournament of the Year
Jesuit Quiz Bowl teams swept their second tournament of the year bringing home top scores from Lusher tournament held Saturday, October 13. The varsity team took first place (pictured above) easily defeated Brother Martin, Sacred Heart, Cabrini, Lusher, and Benjamin Franklin to take first place. The two junior varsity teams, one captained by Alex Daigle and the other by Patrick Fine, won first and second respectively, defeating Shaw, Lusher, Curtis, and Haynes. The team taking second lost only to the other Jesuit team.
Jesuit Quiz Bowlers Sweep Chapelle Tournament — Varsity and JV Teams Bring Home First Place Trophies
Varsity Teammates Pitted Against Each Other Once Again
Front row, from left – junior Kevin Yokum with the 2nd place varsity trophy, senior Peyton Fine with the 1st place varsity trophy, sophomore Alex Daigle with the 1st place JV trophy; Second row – sophomore Sam Zelden, senior Will Emmett, sophomore Brett Lorio; Third row – junior Andrew Collins, senior Dominic Lloyd, junior Jack Caliva; Back row – juniors Ian Calamari and Stanley Dai
The 2012-13 Quiz Bowl season is off to an amazing start. Jesuit sent two varsity teams and one JV team to Chapelle’s First Annual Fall Quiz Bowl Tournament on September 29 competing with 22 teams from around Southeast LA. The team of seniors, consisting of Peyton Fine (captain), Andrew Burmaster, Will Emmett, and Dominic Lloyd, and the team of juniors, composed of Kevin Yokum (captain), Mark Alvarez, Ian Calamari, Jack Caliva, Andrew Collins, Stanley Dai, and Reuben Hogan, ended the tournament with an equal 9-1 record so they played against each other in the finals. The game was tied at the last question which the senior team answered correctly. That team averaged an amazing 425 points per game. The team of juniors averaged an even more amazing 435 points per game and also scored the second highest one-game score in Jesuit’s quiz bowl history with 615 points. The three-man sophomore team of Alex Daigle (captain), Sam Zelden, and Brett Lorio also won 1st place in the JV division. Alex Daigle and Kevin Yokum each received trophies for being the highest scorers in their divisions. The tournament was a Jesuit sweep.
Bowlers Engage in Friendly Competition in 2012 National Quiz Bowl Tournament
Usual Teammates Pitted Against Each Other
How does the coach of the winning team lose, and the losing team’s coach win? It happened in the National Quiz Bowl tournament held at the beginning of summer. In the preliminary games one team had a better win/loss record (5-1 v 4-2) but the other team had scored more points (1650 v 1470). Both teams had played well up to this point. Now they would come together to see who would get a chance to advance toward the finals. This is a tournament scenario which many teams have faced.
The difference this time was that both teams represented the same school —Jesuit. There had been enough qualified players for Jesuit to enter 2 JV teams in the tournament, and unfortunate seeding results had pitted friends and usual teammates against each other under the same coach, Mr. Ron Rossi.
The score was close in the beginning, and then one team slowly pulled ahead. But who won or lost isn’t important to this article. What is important is the atmosphere in the room which led the room’s moderator to comment that this was the most enjoyable game he had ever presided over. What is important is that the behavior of the team members before, during and after the game illustrated the meaning of “friendly competition.” Though each side wanted to win, it was apparent that the competitors would not allow the results of one game to affect the more important ties they had developed as teammates and Jesuit students.
Meanwhile the varsity team of Andrew Burmaster, Andrew Collins and Kevin Yokum, under the very capable leadership of senior Matt Young who earlier in the year had led the team to a state championship, ended their last tournament of the year with a 6-1 record. The junior high team, coached by Mr. Joe Knight and composed of captain Patrick Fine, Andrew Cerise, Alex Daigle and Stephen Owers, also ended their season at the National Tournament with an exceptional 5-2 record.
With so many experienced players returning, expectations are high for the 2012-13 year as Jesuit shoots for its fifth straight overall state title.
Jesuit Quiz Bowlers Take First Place in State for 2012 “Knowledge Master Open”
Jesuit’s Quiz Bowl junior varsity and varsity Quiz Bowl teams competed with tens of thousands of students in the U.S. in the National Knowledge Master Open academic competition on Wednesday (April 18). More than 2,000 middle school, junior high and high school teams faced their computers to answer 200 challenging questions in the event, earning points for the speed and accuracy of their answers.
Blue Jays on the varsity team scored 1,622 of 2,000 possible points to place first in the state and 7th overall in a field of 516 high schools in the contest. Blue Jays on junior varsity team 1,733 of 2,000 possible points to place first in the state and second in the U.S. out of 78 teams.
Varsity players were:
Seniors – Taylor Billings (captain), Matthew Young, Darcy Guo, and Alex Hebert.
Juniors – Peyton Fine, William Emmett, Andrew Burmaster, and Zac Creel.
Sophomores – Mark Alvarez, Alex Anderson, Andrew Collins, Jack Caliva, Ian Calamari, Stanley Dai, Reuban Hogan, and Kevin Yokum
Junior Varsity competitors were:
Freshmen – Patrick Fine (Captain), Alex Daigle, Brett Lorio, Steven Stradley, and Sam Zelden
Pre-freshman – Andrew Cerise, Benji Creel, freshman, Zach Gandy, Stephen Owers, Joseph Stagni, and Anthony Stoner.
See Official Varsity Results | See Official Junior Varsity Results
Varsity Quiz Bowl Team Takes First Place in Ben Franklin Tournament
Pictured from left are junior William Emmett, sophomore Jack Caliva, sophomore Ian Calamari, senior Matt Young holding the trophy (captain), junior Zac Creel, sophomore Kevin Yokum, and coach Ron Rossi.
Jesuit’s Varsity Quiz Bowl team went undefeated in the Ben Franklin tournament this past weekend (April 14). They defeated teams from Ben Franklin, Brother Martin, Dominican, Chapelle, and Lusher to take first place.
Jesuit’s Prep Quiz Bowl Team Successfully Defends Its State Title for the Fourth Consecutive Year
Jesuit’s 2011-12 Varsity Quiz Bowl team, coached by longtime history teacher Ron Rossi (right), captured its fourth consecutive state title when it emerged victorious from the nerve-wracking
competition on Saturday (March 31) at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. A total
of 32 teams from across the state gathered for the annual Quiz Bowl tournament, sponsored
by the Louisiana Association for Academic Competition (LAAC). The state champion Blue
Jay Quiz Bowl Team is anchored by senior Matt Young, who as captain, deservedly holds
the trophy earned from the fruits of their labors. In addition to Young, Quiz Bowlers who
filled out the team are juniors Andrew Burmaster and William Emmett, and sophomores
Kevin Yokum and Ian Calamari (not pictured). The Blue Jay Bowlers had another
spectacular season in which they were undefeated. They placed first in local and
regional tournaments before heading to Natchitoches where they wiped out the
competition and successfully defended their state title for the fourth time.
Congratulations to Coach Rossi and the 2012 Prep Quiz Bowl State Champions!
Team picture (from left): sophomore Kevin Yokum, sophomore Ian Calamari ('14), senior Matt Young (captain), junior Andrew Burmaster, junior William Emmett, and Mr. Ron Rossi (coach).
Group picture (from left, front row): William Emmett, Ian Calamari, Kevin Yokum, Matt Young (captain), Andrew Burmaster;. (back row) Mrs.Valeria Emmett,
Mr. Ron Rossi (coach), Mr. Brian Yokum, Mr. Mark Young,
and Dr. Marie and Mr. Barron Burmaster.
Quiz Bowl Teams Takes First, Second, and Third Place Honors at Mt. Carmel Tournament
Jesuit sent five quiz bowl teams to compete in the Mt. Carmel Tournament on St. Patrick’s Day. The three varsity teams each went undefeated against rival teams from Brother Martin, John Curtis, St. Martin, Archbishop Rummel, Mt. Carmel, Dominican, Sacred Heart, and Cabrini, thereby taking first, second, and third honors based on number of points scored. The three team captains were sophomore Kevin Yokum (1st place), senior Matt Young (2nd place), and sophomore Alex Anderson (3rd place). Jesuit’s two JV teams also won. Freshman captain Patrick Fine’s team won first place and freshman captain Sam Zeldon’s team placed third. The above picture includes members of all five teams and adult helpers.
2012 Varsity Quiz Bowl Team Sweeps Regional Tournament, Advances to Defend Its State Title for Fourth Straight Year
Jesuit’s varsity quiz bowl team competed in the LAAC Regional Tournament on Saturday (March 10) held at Brother Martin. The team went undefeated, besting Destrehan 300 - 75, Brother Martin 380 - 185, and Dutchtown, 315 - 200. Jesuit will now go to State competition in Natchitoches on March 31 to defend its State title for the fourth straight year. Pictured from left: Mr. Ron Rossi (coach), junior Will Emmette, sophomore Kevin Yokum, senior Matt Young (captain), senior Alexander Hebert, and senior Darcy Guo.
2012 Quiz Bowl Teams Place One and Two at the LSU Regional Tournament
Jesuit sent five quiz bowl teams to the LSU Regional Quiz Bowl tournament on Saturday, January 28. Pictured top row, from left: senior Darcy Guo, sophomore Kevin Yokum, sophomore Stanley Dai, sophomore Reuben Hogan, sophomore Alex Anderson, and sophomore Mark Alvarez. Bottom row: senior Matt Young, senior Taylor Billings, junior William Emmett, sophomore Jack Caliva, and sophomore Andrew Collins.
Varsity Team A, captained by senior Matt Young, went undefeated (8-0) into the final against an undefeated Georgia before losing on the last question and taking 2nd place. Team members: Darcy Guo, Kevin Yokum, Matt Young, Taylor Billings, Andrew Burmaster (not pictured).
Varsity Team B, captained by junior Peyton Fine, went undeated into the quarterfinals with a 6-0 record before losing and taking 5th place. Team members: Stanley Dai, Reuben Hogan, William Emmett, Peyton Fine (not pictured).
Varsity Team C, captained by sophomore Mark Alvarez, went 5-1 and was ranked 9th. Team members: Alex Anderson, Mark Alvarez, Jack Caliva, Andrew Collins, Ian Calamari (not pictured).
JV Team A, captained by Patrick Fine went undefeated and met JV Team B, captained by Sam Zelden in the finals. In a close came, Team A prevailed, winning first in the tournament with the B team taking second.
Pictured (from left): freshman Sam Zelden, pre-freshman Benji Creel, freshman Alex Daigle, pre-freshman Zach Gandy, Mr. Knight, pre-freshman Andrew Cerise, pre-freshman Anthony Stoner, pre-freshman Stephen Owers, and freshman Patrick Fine.
2011 Jesuit Quiz Bowlers to Be Seen on WLAE-TV
The 2011 Quiz Bowl semi-final playoff and championship games, played at Northwestern State University in spring 2011, will be airing on WLAE-TV this month (see schedule below). WLAE is on Cox Cable Channel 14, Charter Channel 11, and Direct TV Channel 32.
Members of the 2010-2011 varsity quiz bowl include Barron Burmaster ’11 (left), Scott Tilton ’12, James Burvant ’11, Daniel Cooper ’11, Jon Richards ’11, and Coach Ron Rossi.
Wednesday, December 28 at 4:30 p.m. -
Semi-final game featuring Jesuit
Thursday, December 29 at 4:30 p.m. -
Second semi-final game
Friday, December 30 at 4:30 p.m. -
Championship game, featuring Jesuit and the other finalist.
Jesuit Quiz Bowlers Take First Place in State for 2011 “Knowledge Master Open”
Jesuit’s Quiz Bowl teams competed Dec. 7 in the Knowledge Master Open, a nationwide tournament done via computer. Fifteen members of the varsity team, under the leadership of senior Taylor Billings, won first in Louisiana and placed 32nd of 576 teams in the U.S. The 10-member JV team, composed of freshman and pre-freshman and led by freshman Patrick Fine, also won first in Louisiana and placed 2nd in the nation out of 80 teams. See the official KMO results.
Jesuit Quiz Bowlers Place Second at National Tournament
Jesuit sent four quiz bowl teams to compete against over 60 other teams from across the nation in the National Academic Championship Tournament held in New Orleans over the Memorial Day weekend.
Jesuit's varsity quiz bowl team receives the
second place trophy at the national tourney.
Pictured above are Jon Richards (left),
Daniel Cooper, Ron Rossi (coach),
James Burvant, Scott Tilton,
and Barron Burmaster.
All four survived two days of preliminary competition to qualify for the single elimination rounds in their respective divisions on Monday. Both the varsity team and the junior high team went undefeated with each earning a second place seed for Monday’s play. The two junior varsity teams each had 4-2 records earning them a third and fourth place seed in their division.
In the single elimination rounds Jesuit placed three teams in the finals, one in each division, a feat never before done by any school in the history of this tournament.
All three teams won the runner-up spot to conclude a very successful quiz bowl season.
Jesuit Quiz Bowl Team Wins State Title for Third Consecutive Year
|Jays Will Represent Louisiana in National Competition|
Congratulations to Jesuit’s varsity quiz bowl team for securing their third consecutive
quiz bowl state title. Members of the 2010-2011 varsity quiz bowl include senior
Barron Burmaster (left), junior Scott Tilton, seniors James Burvant,
Daniel Cooper, Jon Richards, and Coach Ron Rossi.
Jesuit’s senior varsity quiz bowl team went undefeated this past weekend to claim their third consecutive divisional and overall state title at the Louisiana State Quiz Bowl Competition held at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
This year, Jesuit’s senior team proved victorious in each face-to-face competition, except for contests against the Jesuit faculty team. At this past weekend’s matches, the varsity squad defeated Central High (450-150), Sulphur (335-260), Pineville (350-155), West Monroe (350-185), Shaw (305-230), and Haynes (375-220) on their way to claim the state title.
The team will now move on to represent Louisiana in national competition. Congratulations and good luck to the Blue Jays involved in Jesuit’s varsity quiz bowl program.
Check out the hard work and winning history of the Blue Jays by scrolling below.
No Toss Up Question Here: Jesuit Blue Jays Are Regional
Quiz Bowl Champions!
Jesuit Advances to State Tournament with 370 -85 Victory Over Br. Martin in the Finals
Congratulations to Jesuit varsity quiz bowl team for their first place finish at the
varsity quiz bowl regional round this past weekend (Saturday, February 5).
On their way to the win, the Jays swept the competition, including
an impressive 370-85 victory over the Br. Martin Crusaders.
In two weeks, Jesuit will participate in the state tournament
at Northwestern State in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
Pictured above is the 2011 Varsity Quiz Bowl team: seniors Daniel Cooper (left),
James Burvant, Jon Richards, junior Scott Tilton, and Coach Ron Rossi.
Quiz Masters! Jesuit Quiz Bowl Team Dominates at LSU Regional Tournament
The Jesuit varsity quiz bowl teams show off their trophies from the LSU Regional
Quiz Bowl Tournament. Pictured above are both senior teams: Coach Ron Rossi
(left, back), Daniel Cooper, Jon Richards, Scott Tilton, and Darcy Guo;
Matt Young (left, front), Taylor Billings, James Burvant,
Zac Creel, and Alex Anderson.
Jesuit sent five teams to compete in the LSU Regional Quiz Bowl Tournament. The all-senior team, captained by James Burvant, went 9-0, easily defeating all rivals and winning the varsity tournament.
Jesuit Team B, composed mainly of juniors and captained by Taylor Billings, won second place after losing to the Jesuit senior team in the finals.
Jesuit Team C, composed mainly of sophomores and captained by Peyton Fine, won 4th place after losing to Team B and Ben Franklin's senior team.
The all- freshman team, captained by Kevin Yokum, won 2nd in their division with a 6-2 record.
The all-pre-freshman team, captained by Patrick Fine and Alex Daigle, also placed second in their division with a 7-1 record.
The Jesuit JV, freshmen and pre-freshmen quiz bowl teams: Coach Joe Knight
(Back, left), Andrew Collins, Jack Caliva, Mark Alvarez, Kevin Yokum,
Rueben Hogan, and Stanley Dai; Henry Creel (Front, left),
Patrick Fine, Brett Lorio.
The Answer Men: Jesuit Quiz Bowl Shows Off Talent in National Competition
In December, Jesuit’s Varsity Quiz Bowl team participated in a world wide
computer-based tournament. Competing against 626 teams Jesuit’s 13-
man team, captained by James Burvant, placed first in Louisiana
and fifth overall (nationally). This year’s final is their best
performance in this tournament to date.
The JV team, captained by Jack Caliva, also won first
in Louisiana and placed 13th among 87 schools.
Some members of the quiz bowl team are pictured above: Matt Young (back row,
left), Zac Creel, James Burvant, Daniel Cooper, Taylor Billings, and Darcy Guo;
Coach Ron Rossi (front row, left), Will Emmett, Peyton Fine, Andrew Burmaster,
Scott Tilton, and Alex Hebert. Missing from photo are
Jon Richards and Barron Burmaster.
Jesuit Quiz Bowl Team Wins Second Consecutive State Title
|Blue Jays to Represent Louisiana at National Tourney in May|
Congratulations to the 2009-2010 Jesuit quiz bowl team for returning to Carrollton
and Banks with a second successive state title. Under the guidance of Jesuit’s
long time quiz bowl coach Ron Rossi, the varsity squad — juniors
Daniel Cooper (left), James Burvant, sophomore Darcy Guo,
junior Scott Tilton, and sophomore Taylor Billings —
will represent the state of Louisiana at the
national quiz bowl tournament in May.
Quiz Bowl State Tournament Photo Gallery
The Road to a State Title
On Saturday, March 27, the Blue Jays won all six rounds against
the following talented teams to claim the 2010 Quiz Bowl State Title:
Jesuit (335) vs. Baton Rouge Magnet (290)
Jesuit (385) vs. Caddo Magnet (210)
Jesuit (385) vs. LSMSA (285)
Jesuit (345) vs. Neville High (140)
Jesuit (455) vs. River Oaks (135)
Jesuit (345)* vs. LSMSA (260)
* Championship Game
Jesuit Quiz Bowl Takes First in State and Twenty-First in the World at International Internet Tournament
Congratulations to Jesuit’s varsity quiz bowl team for winning state honors and placing twenty-first out of 622 teams competiting in an international tournament over the Internet.
The JV squad placed second in state and eleventh out of 89 teams competing.
Jesuit Quiz Bowlers Win MCA Tournament
|Blue Jay Varsity Squad Win First Place; JV Teams Take Second and Third Places|
Individual academic winners at the Mt. Carmel Tournament display their medals. Daniel Cooper (left), Seth Bourg,
Matt Young, Kevin Yokum, Zack Creel.
Daniel, Seth and James Burvant (not pictured)
won first place in the team portion of the competition.
Coach Joe Knight and the two JV Quiz Bowl teams that
placed second and third at the Mt. Carmel Tournament.
Jesuit Quiz Bowlers Win Regional Tournament to Advance to State Competition
Victorious Jesuit Quiz Bowl team members
include (front row), Barron Burmaster (left),
James Burvant (Captain), Scott Tilton,
Matt Young and Alexander Hebert;
(back row), Darcy Guo (left),
Daniel Cooper, Taylor Billings,
and Seth Bourg.
Congratulations to the Jesuit quiz bowlers for winning the regional LAAC competition on Saturday.
The Blue Jays beat Brother Martin twice
to win the tournament and to advance to
state competition next month.
JV Quiz Bowlers Take First Place at ULL Tournament
Congratulations to the JV Quiz Bowl team for their first place finish at the University
of Louisiana, Lafayette. The team, pictured above, includes Kevin Yokum (left),
Peyton Fine, Andrew Burmaster, Zachary Creel, and Coach Joe Knight.
Jesuit’s Junior Varsity team, consisting of three freshman and one pre-freshman, got off to a slow start in the preliminary round with close losses against older teams from Episcopal School of Acadiana, Newman, and St. Joseph's Academy of Baton Rouge, but a commanding victory against Catholic of Pointe Coupee was sufficient to advance the team into the double elimination playoff round.
Next, they were seeded fourth and defeated the first seed team from St. Joseph. They next lost to Newman, but once again defeated St. Joseph in the loser's bracket. This win placed them in the championship match against Newman, but because Newman was undefeated in the playoff round Jesuit would have to defeat Newman twice for the championship. Two victories in a row against the Newman team secured the championship for the Blue Jays.
Blue Jays Win First Round in the Net Quiz Tournament
|Quiz Bowlers Sharpen Their Skills With Internet Competitions|
Blue Jays on Jesuit’s varsity quiz bowl team compete after school on Monday in a
weekly internet tournament. The Quiz Net Tournament allows the Blue Jays
to sharpen their skills against local and national teams. Pictured above are
juniors James Burvant (at the keyboard), Daniel Cooper, sophomore
Darcey Guo, junior Barron Burmaster, and senior Seth Bourg;
sophomores Matt Young (left, back row),
Taylor Billings, and Alexander Hebert.
Congratulations to the Jesuit varsity quiz bowl team for winning the opening round of a weekly competition in the Quiz Net Tournament. The Jays secured their win over three other schools with the high score of 230.
Jesuit Quiz Bowl Team Reaches Semifinal Round in National Tournament
|Sophomore Daniel Cooper Named to National All-Star Team|
Jesuit’s Varsity Quiz Bowl Team-- Taylor Hillburn (seated, left), Jonathan Coote,
Daniel Coper, James Burvant, Kanwal Matharu, Nicholas Chedid,
and Coach Ron Rossi-- represented the state of Louisiana at the
National Tournament of Academic Excellence held at DisneyWorld.
Congratulations to the Jesuit Varsity Quiz Bowl team which reached the semifinal round of the
Daniel Cooper ’11
National Tournament of Academic Excellence before exiting the competition. Congratulations to sophomore Daniel Cooper for being named to the six member National All-Star team. In addition to receiving an honor medallion, Daniel also earned a $1,000 scholarship.
Jesuit’s Varsity Quiz Bowl team-- Kanwal Matharu ’09, captain, James Burvant ’11, Nick Chedid ’09, Daniel Cooper ’11, Jonathan Coote ’09, and Taylor Hillburn ’09-- traveled to Disneyworld on Saturday, June 13 , to represent the state of Louisiana at the competition.
The three day tournament pitted the best teams that participating states had to offer. Some states even sent all-star panels. Jesuit defeated the teams from Ohio and Pennsylvania before being sent to the losers’ bracket by South Carolina.
Jesuit fought back and defeated Indiana, New Jersey, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Kentucky to make it into the semifinals. There, the Jays faced the teams of Colorado, Iowa, and Oklahoma, who proved too quick for the Jays in a game that eliminated the team from competition. Ironically, Jesuit had earlier beaten the eventual tournament champion - Kentucky.
At the closing banquet, when the six-member National All-Star team was announced, a panel of judges named a Blue Jay to that elite team. Sophomore Daniel Cooper, who had joined the Jesuit’s quiz bowl team late in November as team manager and who had quickly risen to indispensible player, won that honor along with a medallion and a $1000 scholarship.
This tournament was a terrific way to end the season of the best quiz bowl team in the history of Jesuit. Mr. Ron Rossi, Jesuit’s varsity coach, sadly bids farewell to his seniors and their parents who have given so much of their time to the success of the program over the past years.
Anyone wishing to see the team in action may view their victories in the finals of the State Championship games on Saturday, August 29 at 9:30 AM, WLAE-TV.
Warming Up for the Big Show: Quiz Bowlers Display Their Competitive Edge at the NAC
|Blue Jays Take Second Place in Preliminary Tournament Before Jetting to DisneyWorld in June for the National Event|
Congratulations to the Jesuit quiz bowl team for their second place finish
at the National Academic Championships held this year in New Orleans.
Pictured above are Coach Ron Rossi, Nicholas Chedid, Taylor Hillburn,
Kanwal Matharu (captain), Daniel Cooper, and James Burvant.
National Academic Championship Tournament (NAC) is a privately sponsored event open to teams who have demonstrated their winning ability in other tournaments. Jesuit’s winning a first place in Louisiana and in three different tournaments this year resulted in an invitation to attend NAC.
The NAC group hosts their tournament at three different locations in May/June. New Orleans was the first location where 34 teams from throughout the United States attended . Washington D.C. and Chicago were the other two locations, each averaging 34 teams. The winners from each city play off to determine a national champion for the organization.
The New Orleans divisional tournament lasted three days-- May 23- 25. On the first two days, all participating teams play six games with the top sixteen teams advancing to single elimination format on the third day. Jesuit’s six game record was 5 wins and 1 lost. Jesuit defeated East JV, Elizabethtown, Bishop Garrigan (scoring the most points of any team in the tournament in this game - 490), Alvin High, and East Varsity B. Jesuit dropped a game to East Varsity A team, 295 -220. The 5 -1 record placed Jesuit as the fourth for the third day's single elimination competition.
On the third day, Jesuit first defeated Charleston Catholic (340-115) before playing East Varsity A again. This time, the Blue Jays won the match by a score of 285 - 250.
Jesuit next played the #1 seed, James Island from Virginia. In a very close game, sophomore Daniel Cooper tied the game on the last question, thereby throwing the match into a sudden death overtime. Daniel responded quickly and correctly to the first question which secured the win for the Blue Jays.
The final game for the championship of the New Orleans divisional tournament and the right to attend the overall playoffs pitted the Blue Jays against Horace Greeley High from Pennsylvania. The latter won the match 335-235, giving Jesuit second place, a finish that surpasses any other Jesuit team in 14 years of participating in this tournament.
The next stop for the quiz bowlers is another national tournament in Disneyworld. This tournament, held June 13-16, is limited to one team per state with Jesuit representing the State of Louisiana.
Best in State and On to Disney World! Varsity Quiz Bowl Team to Represent Louisiana in National Tournament
Congratulations to Jesuit’s varsity quiz bowl team for winning the 2009 state title.
On their way to claiming the state championship, the quiz bowl team --
Taylor Hillburn (standing, left), Jonathan Coote, Kanwal Matharu (Captain),
Nicholas Chedid, Coach Ron Rossi, James Burvant (kneeling, left)
and Daniel Cooper -- went undefeated in tournament play.
Jesuit’s quiz bowl team will represent Louisiana in a
national competition held at Disney World this summer.
2009 Quiz Bowl State Tournament Results
Jesuit 350 Baton Rouge Magnet 205
Jesuit 325 Byrd 260
Jesuit 405 Louisiana School of Math, Science & the Arts 185
Jesuit 345 Louisiana School of Math, Science & the Arts 270
Jesuit 245 Vanderbilt 140
Jesuit 335 River Oaks 145
Jesuit Quiz Bowl Team Takes First in District
Congratulations to the Blue Jays on Jesuit's quiz bowl team for capturing
the district title on Saturday morning at Jesuit. To earn their title, the
Jays defeated Mt. Carmel 330 to 85 and Br. Martin (twice) 350 to 170
and 395 to 210. Pictured above is the Jesuit Quiz Bowl team:
Standing, from left: Taylor Hillburn, Kanwal Matharu, Robert Burvant,
James Burvant, Daniel Cooper, and Seth Bourg; kneeling from left:
Mr. Ron Rossi (Quiz Bowl Coach), Barron Burmaster,
Nicholas Chedid, and Jonathan Coote.
Jesuit Quiz Bowlers Take on the World
Congratulations to Jesuit’s varsity quiz bowl team for their strong showing in the Worldwide Knowledge Master Open Tournament last month. Out of 695 participating schools, the Jays placed 43rd in the world and first in Louisiana.
The varsity team members include, back row, from left: junior Seth Bourg,
senior Taylor Hillburn, sophomore James Burvant, senior Bobby Burvant, and
sophomore Daniel Cooper; front row, from left, seniors Nicholas Chedid,
Kanwal Matharu, sophomore Barron Burmaster, and senior Jonathan Coote.
Jesuit Quiz Bowl at Carmel Knowledge TournamentJunior Varsity took first and third places
at the Carmel Knowledge Bowl.
The Varsity Quiz Bowl took first place in the LAAC Regionals and second in LAAC State Division championship.
Jesuit Prep Quiz Bowl Takes Second in State Tournament
Congratulations to Jesuit’s Prep Quiz for finishing second
at the LAAC State Quiz Bowl Tournament last weekend.
Pictured are (left, front) Mr. Ron Rossi (Moderator), Nicholas Chedid,
Kanwal Matharu, Connor Flint, Eric Begoun, Patrick Madore, and Taylor Martina; (back, left) Taylor Hillburn, David d'Aquin, and Jared Ferguson.
Quiz Bowl affords students the opportunity to display and refine their academic skills and to participate in live and computerized quiz matches against other schools locally, at the state level, and nationally. Jesuit fields both a Junior Varsity (8th and 9th grades) team and a Varsity (10th, 11th, 12th grades) team. Tournaments are held throughout the year. The coach of Varsity Quiz Bowl team is Mr. Ron Rossi. Mr. Joe Knight is the Junior Varsity coach.