In the first academic quiz bowl tournament of the year, at Rutgers University’s Scarlet Knight Invitational Tournament, our A-Team, consisting of Frank Grabowski, Karen Li, Selena Liu and Deepak Gopalakrishnan won first place, beating East Brunswick in the Championship match and qualified for the national championship tournament in Atlanta over the Memorial Day weekend. Frank, Selena and Deepak were also part of the Championship team that won this tournament last year.
Our B-Team, consisting of Samuel Hampel, Max Brodsky, Shashwat Tewari, Sidharth Srivastava, and Alexander Wu finished in fourth place. The B-Team was undefeated in the preliminary matches, but lost to the A-Team in the playoffs.
In addition, Deepak Gopalakrishnan and Alexander Wu received individual book awards for the highest individual scores in the 10 preliminary rounds.
Below is a group picture of the Academic Team with five notable High Tech alumni assisting in the tournament. In fact, the High Tech alumni ran the first playoff match between our A-Team and B-Team, it was just like old times.
The alumni in the group picture are Jerry Huang [first person, top row, Rutgers], Adrian Thamburaj [third person, top row, Rutgers], Doug Simons [fifth person, bottom row, NYU], Steven Liu [sixth person, bottom row, MIT], and Darren Petrosino [seventh person, bottom row, Rutgers]