Pettisville High School quiz teams, known as the “Nerd Herd,” were 32nd and 67th at the national tournament, and moved up in state competition.
Rebecca Dorosz, coach, said at the National Academic Quiz Tournaments in Rosement, Ill., May 3-5, “We didn’t make the playoffs, which was admittedly a disappointment to us, but it serves as motivation for future years.”
Out of 80 teams, the PHS A team finished 32nd and was 14th out of 46 very small schools, with a 5-5 record. The A team earned 2,485 points. The winning team topped 8,600 points; the last ranked team earned 605.
The B squad was 67th and was 35th among very small schools, with a 3-5 record. Its score was 1440.
At nationals, Pettisville players were individually ranked from 62nd to 371st out of 432 quizzers.
Luke Young, a junior from the A team, was the top PHS player, finishing 62nd.
Other players, their classes, teams, and rankings: Dalton Myers, a junior, B team, 65; Zachary Basselman, senior, A, 101; Matt Rupp, junior, B, 153; Heath Waidelich, sophomore, A, 164; Levi Myers, sophomore, A, 178; Lyla Heising, freshman, B, 192, Aaron Rupp, junior, A, 198; Madelyn Krueger, senior, B, 210; Jake King, sophomore, B, 234; Dominic Heising, sophomore, B, 252.
Peyton Miller, senior, B; Mayzie Clark, sophomore, B and Austin Rearick, junior, B, all ranked 371st.
In state competition, May 11-12, in Columbus, Dorosz said the Nerd Herd came into its first-ever state-level competition ranked 16th out of 16 teams.
“We finished the day at 14th,” she said.
“I was very proud of them for this. We actually beat (and finished above) the team that defeated us in the regional tournament, so it was exciting to see that progress.”