On Saturday at Xavier University of Louisiana, 27 teams from Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, and Texas competed in the first ever French Quarter Kickoff. After 12 rounds of play, teams from Jesuit High School in New Orleans and Strake Jesuit of Houston met in the varsity final. Strake Jesuit won the match 500-215 and took top honors. In the semi-final round, Strake Jesuit defeated 2017 state runner-up Ben Franklin 450-200 in one semifinal while Jesuit defeated 2017 state champion Lusher 390-250 in the other semi-final. In the picture above, New Orleans’ teams Jesuit and Lusher face off in a varsity semi-final read by Tulane alum Ryan McLaren.
After finishing in the top 8 of the varsity group at the tournament, teams from Ben Franklin, Jesuit, Lusher, Pensacola, J.M. Tate, St. Andrews, and Strake Jesuit qualified for the 2018 NAQT High School National Championship Championship to be held on Memorial Day Weekend in Atlanta, Georgia. This is the first tournament ever held in Louisiana that qualified 8 teams for an NAQT national event.
In the Junior Varsity group, a team from Pensacola, Florida defeated the younger squad from New Orleans Jesuit in the final 275-135. The victory avenged an earlier loss to the Blue Jay squad in the preliminaries. Pensacola’s second jV team and Notre Dame were the two semi-finalist teams in the JV group.
Louisiana Quiz Bowl thanks Xavier University and Dr. Matthew Hayes for its hospitality. We thank the gracious staffers from 9 different states (AL, FL, GA, IL, LA, NE, OH, TN, TX) and the student quiz bowl groups from Tulane University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for their assistance.
The next Louisiana Quiz Bowl event will be held in Baton Rouge at LSU on October 28th. Other events this fall we will be held at Lusher (November 11), ULL (November 18), and Mount Carmel (December 02). More information on registering for these events can be found at the Louisiana Quiz Bowl website (http://www.louisianaquizbowl.org).