October 27, 2009
Academic Excellence Challenge Team takes part in preliminary competition
Cowley’s Academic Excellence Challenge Team (AEC) traveled to Neosho
Community College on Saturday to compete in the Eastern preliminary round
of the state AEC competition.
Along with Cowley, there were teams from Allen County Community College, Neosho Community College, and Colleyville Community College competing in the practice rounds for the AEC team competitions held annually in the spring.
Cowley fielded two teams in the preliminary rounds of the competition. Returning members Jake Fletcher and Richard Gould served as captains for each team as new players Stefny Cabrerra, Caleb Griffen, Phuong Hyuhn, Chris Seematter, and Chassey Hann gained valuable experience competing.
Two members were unable to attend Saturday, Mike Lear and Marcus Whitson, both of whom will be important to the team’s chances of success. Without them, Cowley’s teams placed fourth and sixth among the six teams represented.
With practice beginning only two weeks ago, Cowley AEC coach Greg Nichols believes the team will improve greatly with practice and more questions heard.
“I was pleased with our efforts, especially with limited practice time,” Nichols said. “Jake did exceptionally well in placing second individually in the competition, scoring an average 52 points per round. Richard scored an average of 18 per round placing ninth and Stefny averaged 16 per round to place 12th.”
Coffeyville won the Eastern preliminary round of the state AEC competition, while Garden City won the Western preliminary round.
Coffeyville’s David Ivey was the the top individual with an average of 56 points per round.
The Cowley AEC Team practices in Galle-Johnson Room 302 each Monday at 2:30 p.m. and would welcome any former quiz bowlers or anyone interested in competing to join.