Central Performs at Scholar Bowls


Nicholas Butero, Sam Opinsky, Ryan Morton, and Alex Maisenhelder compete at WUHSAC on February 15. Photo by Charles Hang.

Alex Maisenhelder and Trey Williams

The Parkway Central Scholar Bowl team participated in tournaments at Washington University on Feb. 15 and Orchard Farms High School on Feb. 22. The Washington University tournament, known as WUHSAC, is one of the largest quiz bowl tournaments in the area. WUHSAC attracts teams from all over the country with teams from places such as Georgia, Michigan, and Ohio. As always, the competition at this tournament was stiff. The Central team going a paltry 1-4 in prelims, but finishing the day with a strong 3-2 performance in the consolation bracket redeeming their performance, especially given the strength of competition present at WUHSAC. Ryan Morton was the top scorer on the day.

Following their respectable performance at WUHSAC the team traveled to Orchard Farms High School to compete at their quiz bowl. The tournament had a stacked field with numerous schools in attendance. The Central team went 4-1 in prelims with only a close loss to Parkway North placing them in a three-way tie with North and Francis Howell Central A for the best record in the D bracket. Howell Central got the tiebreaker through total points scored leaving both Central and North to go into the first consolation bracket.

“It was a whole lot of fun, we performed very well as a team, with each member utilizing their unique skill sets to create a real feel of teamwork,” senior Arie Likhtman said.

Falling to North and Parkway South’s A team in the consolation bracket left the team 7-3 on the day, falling just a few questions short of another possible nationals bid. Overall, the team performed well across the two tournaments with an overall 11-9 record. The team left proud of their achievements. Preforms Performs