Sponsored and conducted by the staff of the Southeast Education Service Center based in Price, the Quiz Bowl events featured teams of high school students answering rounds of academic questions in a competitive quiz-show format, typically featuring round-robin games followed by double-elimination brackets. Question categories included history, geography, the arts, mathematics, science, and current events.
The season-opening tournament was held Feb. 7 at Grand County High in Moab. At that event, the home team Red Devils won the junior varsity tournament and placed second in the varsity bracket.
The following week, on Feb. 14 at Green River, the Red Devils won both the varsity and junior varsity first-place trophies. Grand defeated San Juan 40-10 in the varsity finals, while Grand’s junior varsity team went undefeated, including shutting out Emery 80-0 in the junior varsity finals.
Due to conflicts with end-of-trimester finals week, the Red Devils skipped the following week’s tournament held at Emery High on Feb. 21. Carbon defeated host team Emery to win both brackets that day. San Juan and Green River also did not attend that event.
The high school Quiz Bowl season then wrapped up with a Feb. 28 tournament at San Juan High in Blanding. Grand and San Juan were the only schools participating in that event, and the host team Broncos won both the varsity and JV tournaments. Grand’s JV team took second place, narrowly losing in the finals to San Juan’s B squad, 50-30. Grand’s two varsity teams took third and fourth place in the varsity bracket, while San Juan captured the top two spots.
“Thank you for a great 2017 High School Quiz Bowl season. We have remarkable high school students in the region,” said SESC director J.J. Grant, who is retiring this year after nine years in that position. Taking Grant’s place as SESC director will be current Grand County School District superintendent Scott Crane.
More than two-dozen GCHS students took part in Quiz Bowl his year, with at least 15 players playing in at least two tournaments, according to GCHS Quiz Bowl adviser Jeff Richards.