DETROIT, MI — On Saturday, December 10, the Northmont Middle School Academic Challenge team traveled to Detroit to compete in its second ever tournament against 23 of the top schools in the state of Michigan and managed to qualify for the National Championship.
Northmont was represented in the competition by 8th graders Samantha Street, Sean Scranton, Zach Weeks, and Allie Stormer. In preliminary matches, Northmont posted a 4-1 record, posting big wins over Triumph Academy (390-100), Roeper Middle School (225-190), Emerson Middle School (375-65) and Smith Middle School (235-200). The team lost only to Detroit Country Day, falling 405-220.
This record qualified Northmont for the eight team playoff, where a top four finish would qualify the Bolts to the NAQT Middle School national championship tournament. Northmont quickly earned one of the four bids with a win over St. Michael 240-190. The Bolts fell in the semifinals again to Detroit Country Day, losing on the last question 305-295. Eighth grader Samantha Street was the 3rd highest scoring player in the tournament out of 123 individuals who competed.
This is the first time in school history that the Middle School Academic Challenge team has qualified to the National Championship tournament, which will be held May 12-14 in Dallas, Texas. The team is coached by high school advisor David Jones, with assistance from Northmont senior Kara Combs and Northmont 2011 graduate and recent College Jeopardy contestant Emily Bingham. Approximately 20 students participate on the team.
If any middle or elementary school students are interested in Academic Challenge, please contact David Jones at 266-6613 or firstname.lastname@example.org.