Over the weekend, the Academic Team traveled to Kellenberg Memorial High School for their annual Long Island Fall Quiz Bowl Tournament.
The High Tech A-Team, consisting of Frank Grabowski, Karen Li, Selena Liu, and Deepak Gopalakrishnan went 9-1 throughout the day. Their last afternoon match was against undefeated East Brunswick A-Team and effectively served as the Finals match. High Tech A-Team won the match, 415 to 310, securing the LIFT Championship. Last year, HIgh Tech placed second at the LIFT Tournament.
Originally, High Tech entered two teams into the LIFT tournament. A few days before the tournament, a team dropped out. High Tech volunteered to split its B-Team so there would be an optimal number of 24 teams competing.
As the teams gathered on Saturday, at the last minute, another team dropped out. So Max Brodsky volunteered to play solo as a team of one, to maintain the optimal competition schedule.
The High Tech B-Team consisted of Alexander Wu, Sidharth Srivastava, and Shashwat Tewari and went 5-6. They played against High Tech A-Team in the afternoon playoff rounds.
The High Tech Freshman C-Team consisted of Varun Gupta, Spencer Lyudovyk, and Abhilash Bodala and they went 4-6.
The High Tech D-Team (sophomore Max as a solo player) went 7-4, going undefeated in afternoon consolation rounds.
Book prizes for the top 10 individual scores in morning rounds were awarded to: Max Brodsky for 5th place, Deepak Gopalakrishnan for 9th place, and Alexander Wu for 10th place. The Team photos courtesy of Ms Grabowski. And special thanks to the parents providing transportation: Ms Grabowski and Mr Tewari.