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Darien Middle School Quiz Bowl Team Tops Competition

The Middlesex Middle School B team first-place winners: Conway Zhou, Shriya Desai, Skyler Bennett and John Phipps. Missing from picture: Jackson Leone
The Middlesex Middle School B team first-place winners: Conway Zhou, Shriya Desai, Skyler Bennett and John Phipps. Missing from picture: Jackson Leone Photo Credit: Jennifer Fallon
The Middlesex Middle School A Team secured a second-place finish at the Charter Oak Tournament. Pictured left to right: Riya Krishnan, Maya Nalawade (captain), Nick Derby and Grace Hand.
The Middlesex Middle School A Team secured a second-place finish at the Charter Oak Tournament. Pictured left to right: Riya Krishnan, Maya Nalawade (captain), Nick Derby and Grace Hand. Photo Credit: Jennifer Fallon
The Middlesex Middle School Quiz Bowl teams
The Middlesex Middle School Quiz Bowl teams Photo Credit: Jennifer Fallon

MIDDLESEX, Conn. -- The Middlesex Middle School Quiz Bowl Team won the Charter Oak Scholastic Open for the third year in a row and took second place for the second straight year.

This was the team’s largest tournament to date, with a field consisting of 32 teams from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. The contestants competed head-to-head to answer questions on subjects such as history, literature, science, fine arts, current events, sports and popular culture.

"We are so proud of our students, who spent ­­­countless hours after school each week practicing questions in preparation for the tournament. It is so rewarding for them to see that all that hard work resulted in such success,” said faculty adviser Barbara Ivey.

The Middlesex B Team, (Eighth-graders, Skyler Bennett, Shriya Desai, Jackson Leone, John Phipps, and Conway Zhou) defeated The Middlesex A Team (Eighth-graders Nick Derby, Grace Hand, Riya Krishnan, Maya Nalawade, and Jack Roberson) in an exciting final match. The Middlesex B Team finished 9-0 and the A Team finished 8-1.

The D Team (Seventh-graders Alex DelVecchio, Iman Onbargi, and Vincent Xu and sixth-grader James Leone) finished fifth, and thus qualified for April's National Championships in Atlanta, along with the A and B teams. The E Team (Seventh-graders Will Cherico, Fin Kerhli, Nick Liu, and Max Samroengraja) made the playoff bracket and finished eighth.

The school’s next tournament will take place in Pennsylvania later in January

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