Admissions Counselor Andrew Powell drew on his four years of experience as a quiz bowler during high school and on his time as an assistant coach and tournament moderator to organize the Tartan Tourney quiz bowl tournament on Thursday, February 8. He sought support from the admissions team, Sodexo dining and maintenance, Ozark Information Services, Campus Safety, faculty, and staff, and with the help of the Lyon community, the tournament was a success.
Twelve schools brought 110 of their brightest students to the Lyon campus for the Tartan Tourney, a new invitational which provided great practice for upcoming regional tournaments. Participating high schools included Beebe, Cabot, Calico Rock, Conway Christian Academy, Cotter, Izard County, Melbourne, Mountain View, Paragould (two teams), Sacred Heart (Morrilton), Enola High School (Mount Vernon), and Highland High School.
Conway Christian Academy wowed, earning perfect scores in the third quarter of three separate games. Powell lauds this achievement, saying he’s seen it only one other time in his ten years as a player, coach and moderator. The team finished the day undefeated (6-0), winning the final game against Cotter High School (4-2). Conway Christian Academy also produced the tournament’s MVP, Jackson Quick. Mountain View High School (5-2) earned third place, beating Cabot High School (3-4) by 5 points, the slimmest of possible margins.
Three of the attending team coaches serve on the AGQBA Coach’s Board and stated that they plan to inform the association of how well the event went over, telling Powell that they want Lyon to host other competitions. Powell hopes to see the Tartan Tournament expand to hosting an invitational in the fall semester and an AGQBA-sanctioned regional or state tournament in the spring.
“Hosting takes a lot of work as there are several intricate details in the planning process, but also a lot of moving parts and vital details to keep track of throughout the day,” he says. “We could continue to have tournaments on campus, grow and expand the number of teams invited and even branch out to invite teams from further away—but all of that would require more help from the college and more volunteers.”
Powell notes that, as an admissions counselor, he was especially gratified that the tournament let “some of the best students in Arkansas experience Lyon and decide if we’re somewhere they could see themselves furthering their education after high school.”
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