High School Matchwits

Peyton Quiz Bowl team competes well at national tourney

Special to MyColorado

On the weekend of April 29, Peyton Junior-Senior High School joined 125 of the top quiz bowl teams from small public high schools at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare for the 2017 Small School National Championship Tournament to determine who was the best.

Quiz bowl is a competitive, academic, interscholastic activity for teams of four students. Quiz bowl teams use buzzers to answer questions about science, math, history, literature, mythology, geography, social science, current events, sports and popular culture. The matches feature a blend of individual competition and team collaboration, since no individual player is likely to be an expert in all subject areas. Participation in quiz bowl both reinforces lessons from the classroom and encourages players to develop new intellectual interests.

The team, in the Traditional Public division, was captained by Matthew Garnhart, who was joined by Kyle Mooty, Stephanie Mooty and Anna Nast. The team was coached by Jenni Esser and Scott Lee.

Peyton was one of three Colorado teams competing at the national championship.

Peyton finished preliminary rounds with a 3-6 record.

There were some tense moments. Peyton defeated Waterloo from New York by the narrow margin of 155-135 during round 10; suffered a heartbreaking narrow loss to Champion from Warren, Ohio, 155-150 during round 11; and defeated West Shamokin from Rural Valley, Pennsylvania, 145-135 during round 12. Peyton’s shot at the playoffs ended when they lost to Kent City from Michigan in round 8.

The Traditional Public division champion was the A team from Glasgow, Kentucky. The Charter and Private division champion was St. Mark’s School of Texas from Dallas.

The Traditional Public field featured 96 teams from 20 states.

National Academic Quiz Tournaments, founded in 1996, organizes the premier middle school, high school and college quiz bowl championships in North America. In addition to its national championships, NAQT provides questions to invitational tournaments, league championships, and television shows throughout the year.

The High School Matchwits team placed 2nd (by 1 points) at the State competition.







On Saturday 4 February 2017 the Peyton High School Matchwits team competed in the Regional Knowledgebowl tournament. The team (Juniors Andrew Hendricks, Kyle Mooty, Matt Garnhart, and Stephanie Mooty, and Sophomores Anna Nast and Catherine Hendricks) dominated right from the first bell. They scored the highest in the region in the opening written round and never trailed anyone in the region from that point on. They qualified for state, finished first in our classification (2A), and first overall in the regional tournament regardless of classification, scoring 107 points on the day. We go to State March 13-14 at CSU Fort Collins.

At the High School level (Grades 9-12), Matchwits students practice weekly for monthly meets in the fall between October and February. The points for each match accumulate through the final meet.  At that time, the winners are awarded.  In addition, the Matchwits team competes in the district Knowledge Bowl tournament for a chance to compete at State Knowledge Bowl Competition held in April.

2016-2017 Team

Anna, Andrew, Catherine, Kyle, Stephanie, and Matthew.

Coach:  Mr. Lee

Interested in joining?  Contact Mr. Lee