CWRU College Trivia Club earns winning record at tournament last weekend

A team from the CWRU College Trivia Club competed last Saturday at a quizbowl tournament at Youngstown State University, ending with a winning record for the day.

The team, consisting of junior Tyler McMaken, sophomore Caleb Branton, and first-years Matt York and Giber Fonseca, competed all day with teams from other universities throughout Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Graduate student Norman Luc also traveled with the team, staffing as a reader at the tournament.

The annual tournament, run by National Academic Quiz Tournaments, consisted of a series of rounds with two teams at a time competing to answer questions spanning all major academic and non-academic disciplines—including literature, history, science, mythology, fine arts, current events, economics and sports.

Case Western Reserve’s quizbowl team began the day by winning 305-95 against a team from Carnegie Mellon University. The CWRU team ended the day with a winning record, though a team from the Ohio State University won the division outright. In addition, Branton placed in the top 10 individual highest scorers in the division.

The CWRU College Trivia Club, which meets on Mondays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Thwing Center’s Bellflower Lounge, competes in collegiate tournaments and supports local high school quizbowl programs.

Last Saturday, high school teams competed at two locations in southern and central Ohio using a set of pop culture questions written by the trivia club. On Feb. 18, the trivia club will send students to Solon High School to help run a high school tournament and to Michigan State University to compete in a national-qualifying tournament.

The team hopes to plan a campuswide trivia tournament later in the semester for student groups.