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Quiz Bowl Teams From Darien's Middlesex Make The Grade At Championship

Left to right: Faculty adviser Ken Romeo, John Phipps, adviser Mike Bowersox, Maya Nalawade, Riya Krishnan and adviser Barbara Ivey
Left to right: Faculty adviser Ken Romeo, John Phipps, adviser Mike Bowersox, Maya Nalawade, Riya Krishnan and adviser Barbara Ivey Photo Credit: Jennifer Fallon
Left to right: Middlesex Middle School eighth-graders Skyler Bennett, Jack Roberson, Shriya Desai and seventh-grader Alex DelVecchio
Left to right: Middlesex Middle School eighth-graders Skyler Bennett, Jack Roberson, Shriya Desai and seventh-grader Alex DelVecchio Photo Credit: Jennifer Fallon
Left to right: Anna Burgess, adviser Ken Romeo, Maya Nalawade, Alex delVecchio, John Phipps, Nick Derby and adviser Barbara Ivey
Left to right: Anna Burgess, adviser Ken Romeo, Maya Nalawade, Alex delVecchio, John Phipps, Nick Derby and adviser Barbara Ivey Photo Credit: Jennifer Fallon
Six Quiz Bowl teams from Middlesex Middle School recently competed in the 5th annual Bergen Academies Junior Academic Championship.
Six Quiz Bowl teams from Middlesex Middle School recently competed in the 5th annual Bergen Academies Junior Academic Championship. Photo Credit: Jennifer Fallon

DARIEN, Conn. -- Six Quiz Bowl teams from Middlesex Middle School in Darien traveled to Hackensack, N.J. recently to compete in the 5th annual Bergen Academies Junior Academic Championship.

Twenty-four teams representing nine schools from the tri-state area competed, and Middlesex took home first, second and fifth place.

Of note, five of the top 10 individual scorers were from Middlesex. John Phipps was the overall top scorer, Nick Derby was second, Maya Nalawade was fifth, Anna Burgess was eighth and Alex DelVecchio was ninth.

The A team (eighth-graders Riya Krishnan, Maya Nalawade, and John Phipps) ended with a perfect 9-0 record en route to the top finish, while the B Team (eighth-graders Skyler Bennett, Shriya Desai and Jack Roberson and seventh-grader Alex DelVecchio) finished second with an 8-1 record (their only loss coming to the A team in the championship match).

The Middlesex C Team (eighth-graders Nick Derby, Henry Domenici, Grace Hand, Jackson Leone, Tyler Roland and Conway Zhou) finished 7-2. Its fifth-place finish was the highest ever at this tournament for any C team in school history.

The D team (eighth-graders Monisha Akula and Hudson Lazzara and seventh-graders Dougie Brown, Nick Liu, and Grant McIntyre) finished 4-3. The E Team (seventh-graders Will Cherico, Fin Kerhli, Iman Onbargi, Max Samroengraja and Vincent Xu) also finished 4-3, and the F Team (all sixth-graders competing in their first tournament: Anna Burgess, Kiran Ebrahimi, James Leone, Peter McLean, Noah Mobarik, and Evan O'Rourke) had a strong showing going 3-4.

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