Cowley AEC team places second at the KAEC state championship
Capping a tremendous season for the Cowley College Academic Excellence Challenge team, the squad placed second at the KAEC State Championship held April 29-30 at Kansas State University Salina.
Cowley beat everyone in the competition while going 11-0 in the round robin portion of the tournament. However, they ran into a revenge minded Johnson County team with a great competitor, Neeraj Bang, who proved to be too much for Cowley’s team to overcome as he buzzed in for 13 questions each of the final rounds to secure Johnson County’s first AEC championship.
Greg Nichols, Cowley College’s AEC sponsor, was proud of his team’s performance.
“The team did extremely well throughout the competition,” Nichols said. “Our average score was significantly higher than most.”
Freshman Tommy Saia led Cowley by placing third individually behind only Neeraj Bang and Coffeyville’s James Deckard. Cowley’s Marcus Whitson also performed well and placed fifth individually. Will Duren (12th), Peter Onelio (22nd), and Carly Brock (36th) made solid contributions to the team’s success.
There were 12 teams and 60 competitors at the state championship. During the season, the Cowley AEC teams performed one of the most dominating tournaments in recent history by nabbing the top-two spots at the Kansas Academic Excellence Challenge Snow Bowl held in December.
The Cowley “A” team followed up that performance by finishing first in the National Academic Quiz Tournament in February, while the Cowley “B” team finished as the consolation champion. The team then captured the regional tournament held in April in Iola, before placing second at the state competition.
Team standings: (1) Johnson County; (2) Cowley; (3) Colby; (4tie) Coffeyville; (4tie) Dodge City; (6tie) Cloud County; (6tie) Garden City; (8) Pratt; (9) Hutchinson; (10 tie) Allen County; (10 tie) Kansas City.