Brain Bowl Team Advances to National Tournament
SFCC’s Brain Bowl team recently participated in the National Academic Quiz Tournament’s (NAQT) sectional competition and tied for fifth amongst 24 colleges from Florida and Georgia. This placing advances the team to the national tournament, where they will compete against other two-year community and state college teams from around the United States at Gulf Coast State College, Feb. 24 and 25. This is the second time SFCC’s Brain Bowl team has made it to the national tournament.
“I believe we have a good chance this year,” Dr. Dale McDaniel, SFCC Brain Bowl team advisor said. “Justin Finch, Andria Mass, and Alex Nichols have participated in Brain Bowl the last two years and bring experience to the team, and Nathan Schwann, a dual-enrollment student from DeSoto High School, ranked second individually in the sectional tournament.”
While the Brain Bowl team participates in NAQT tournaments, the NAQT is not affiliated with Brain Bowl. “The NAQT is an organization that hosts quiz tournaments across the country,” Dr. McDaniel said. “Brain Bowl is a state of Florida community college activity. In Brain Bowl competitions, we only compete against other Brain Bowl teams from Florida’s community and state colleges.”
In addition to the NAQT tournament this month, the team will also compete in the Regional Brain Bowl Tournament at Valencia College on Feb. 11. If the team is successful, it will advance to the State Brain Bowl Tournament in March.