West Orange-Stark High School wins 2011 Cypress Challenge Quiz Bowl

West Orange-Stark High School wins 2011 Cypress Challenge Quiz BowlThe annual Lamar State College-Orange Cypress Challenge Quiz Bowl was held on the LSC-O campus on Saturday, Feb. 12. Six high schools competed for scholarship money and an automatic qualification to Questions Unlimited National Academic Championship. Orangefield High School, Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School, West Orange-Stark High School, Bridge City High School, East Chambers High School and Sulphur High School had teams representing their respective schools during the tournament.

Initially, 13 high schools had registered to participate in the Cypress Challenge, but had to cancel after many UIL events were rescheduled due to the prior weekend’s inclement weather.

“The weather affected us adversely,” said Elias Jureidini, assistant professor of mathematics at LSC-O. “It caused several of the original 13 teams to withdraw or forfeit.”

After eight rigorous rounds of academic trivia, the winners were announced.

“The teams that were here were more evenly matched than usual and had higher scores, making for more exciting matches,” said Jureidini. “For the third time, we had a team from Sulphur come and compete.”

West Orange-Stark High School claimed first place, winning the automatic bid to Nationals and a $750 scholarship for each team member. Team members were Luke Domas, Dre’ Hypolite (Captain), Kayleigh Thompson and Eugene Gill.

Sulphur High School came in second place, winning a $500 scholarship for each team member. Team members were Alexis Naquin, Paige Pritchett (Captain), Andrew Perry and Alex Brumback.

Bridge City High School won third place, winning a $400 scholarship for each team member, including James Ellis, Sam Placette (Captain) and Dani Noonan.

In fourth place was Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School, winning a $300 scholarship for all team members, including Eric Rushing, Patrick Taggart (Captain), Trey Mathis and Shelby Brown.