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January 27, 2015

Cowley AEC team wins Sectional Championship


AEC TeamThe Cowley College Academic Excellence Challenge (AEC) team qualified for nationals by winning the National Academic Quiz Tournament (NAQT) Community College Sectional Championship Saturday at Cloud County Community College in Concordia, KS.

The team has been invited to attend the NAQT Community College Championship Tournament in Atlanta, GA on Feb. 27-28.

Along with Cowley, Cloud County and Johnson County had two teams apiece at the tournament. Other schools at the tournament were Garden City, Dodge City, and Allen Community College.

The Cowley “A” team finished in first place with a record of 9-0.

“The Cowley A-team demonstrated a strong team effort in the final two rounds of the AEC Sectional Tournament,” AEC sponsor Dianne Flickinger said. “I was on the edge of my seat as it came down to the last four questions to beat Garden City by 50 points and Cloud by 20 points.”

Cloud County’s “B” team went 7-2 and finished in second place, while Johnson County’s “A” team went 6-2 and placed third. The Cowley “B” team finished in a tie for seventh place out nine teams.

Mason Warren, Anthony Maldonado, Alex Geurin, and Amy Austin made up Cowley’s  “A” team.

“I feel like our team really fed off each other’s answers,”  Geurin said.

Cassie Anderson, Quintin Noland, Shane Kieffer, Catherine Mills, and Aniya McGowan played on Cowley’s “B” team.

Maldonado was Cowley’s top individual finisher as he placed third out of 39 participants.

Warren was just behind in eighth place, while Noland (12th place), Anderson (14th place), and Austin (16th place) also performed well and finished in the top-half of the contestants.

Geurin (21st place), Kieffer (34th place), Mills (36th place), and McGowan (38th place) rounded out Cowley competitors at the tournament.

Johnson County’s Brandon Hattesohl was the top individual finisher at the tournament.

“Our team was stronger than any one individual was,” Flickinger said. “We set a goal back in August to go to Atlanta and we did it! I am so proud that all nine students have remained committed to the larger group. We are so excited for this once in a lifetime opportunity for the students.”

Geurin has enjoyed the opportunity to be a part of the AEC team.

“It has been very educational and a lot of fun,” Geurin said. “We have had some great competitions that have been mind boggling difficult.”

Geurin’s teammate, Amy Austin, said the team is well balanced with each individual specializing in different areas of study.

“We will need to train hard for nationals because the questions will be much harder and we will be going against some really good teams,” Austin said.

Pictured, from left, Mason Warren, Alex Geurin, Anthony Maldonado, and Amy Austin.