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January 28, 1997 Press Contact: Julia Morse
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University of Chicago Quiz Bowl Team Beats Harvard to Win the First Annual National Academic Quiz Tournament

A “College Bowl"-style team from the University of Chicago defeated Harvard in overtime to top 63 other squads from North America and Europe in the first annual competition sponsored by National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT) this weekend in Philadelphia.

Chicago was one of the pre-tournament favorites along with Harvard and the University of California at Berkeley.

This marks the first year of operation for the NAQT, which supports both intramural competitions and championship-level tournaments for colleges throughout North America. The NAQT is independent from College Bowl Inc., the major promoter of “quiz bowl"-style events in the United States.

The NAQT Championship Tournament featured questions covering fields including history, science, literature, current events, sports and popular culture.

NAQT matches are played between two teams of four players in two nine-minute halves. Players “ring in” on an electronic buzzer system as questions are being read. If a question is answered successfully, the team earns points and a more detailed bonus question on which the team can confer before answering.

“The Chicago team utilized good balance across all subject areas en route to their victory,” said NAQT spokesperson Douglas Bone.

Chicago has a long tradition of excellence in intercollegiate academic competition, having been a consistent national power in recent years in College Bowl competition.

The Chicago team, led by John Sheahan, a second-year law student from Washington, DC, also included Steve Wang, a statistics graduate student from Rochester, New York; Mike Zarren, a sophomore from Swampscott, Massachusetts; and Christian Edstrom, a junior majoring in economics from Newhall, California.
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