On Wednesday, December 6, the HTHS Academic Team sent two teams to compete in Biotechnology HS’s annual quiz bowl, Bio-Bowl. The High Tech teams finished in 8th and 10th place in a field of 22 teams in the 3 preliminary rounds.
The top 8 teams returned on Wednesday, December 13 for the single-elimination playoffs. In the quarter-final match, the number 8 seed High Tech team faced-off against the number one seed, Leonia HS, and won in a very close match. In the semi-final match against the number five seeded team, Chatham 2, High Tech came from behind to win another tight scoring game. In the Championship match against the number two seeded team, Chatham 1, High Tech stumbled early, missing 3 questions in a row, allowing Chatham to mount a sizable lead. But High Tech did not give up and prevented the lead from increasing further. In the fourth quarter, Chatham stumbled and High Tech scored five consecutive 100 point questions to take a commanding lead and coast to victory and the take the Championship trophy.
The Championship High Tech team is pictured below with the championship trophy. From left to right: Dr. Eng (Academic Team Advisor), Michael Li (junior, Holmdel), Sidhu Arakkal (junior, Howell), Adrian Thamburaj (junior, Aberdeen), Deepark Gopalakrishnan (freshman, Freehold Township), and Selena Liu (sophomore, Holmdel).