Chaska High School

Chaska High School, at 545 Pioneer Trail, Chaska.

With its strong finish at the Minnesota High School Quiz Bowl League, the quiz bowl team from Chaska High School proved itself worthy to play on a national stage.

On Friday, May 24, the team will represent its school in a 334-team national competition: National Academic Quiz Tournaments’ High School National Championship Tournament, according to a press release.

Quiz bowl is a competitive, academic, interscholastic activity for teams of four students. Quiz bowl teams use buzzers to answer questions about science, math, history, literature, mythology, geography, social science, current events, sports, and popular culture.

The matches feature a blend of individual competition and team collaboration, since no individual player is likely to be an expert in all subject areas. Participation in quiz bowl both reinforces lessons from the classroom and encourages players to develop new intellectual interests.

Chaska has attended the High School National Championship Tournament 13 times before. Most recently, in 2018, it finished 3-7.

Last year’s tournament featured 352 of the top high school teams from across the United States, with Plano West Senior High School of Plano, Texas winning.

Chaska may face familiar foes in Atlanta, as Chanhassen, Eden Prairie, and St. Louis Park will also be attending.

The team will be captained by Rory Bartels, who will be joined by Parker Bakke, Rand Bovard, Jacob Mapstone and Reilly Melville. The team will be coached by Tucker Besel and Tracy Townsend.

Tournament results will be updated throughout the three days of competition at www.naqt.com/go/stats/9500.

Community Editor

Mark Olson, the Chaska and Chanhassen community editor who has worked in Carver County for 20 years, makes any excuse to write about local history. In his spare time, Mark enjoys perusing old books, watching blockbusters and taking Midwest road trips.

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