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Churchill Middle School Quiz Bowl teams earn top spots at national tournament

Churchill Quiz Bowl Team A The Quiz Bowl teams from Winston Churchill Middle School recently competed in the Middle School National Championship Tournament against 175 other teams from across the United States. In the end, their trip to Chicago on the weekend of May 10 was successful, as their two teams placed second and 13th overall in the competition.

Churchill students composed two different Quiz Bowl teams to compete at both local and national competitions-- the A and B teams. Much to the surprise of both team members and advisor, Bruce Hansen, the teams continued to progress in the competition, even further than they had in the past.

Hansen describes the final day of the competition as intense and exciting. The A team competed at their very best and brought the competition down to the final question. After a long, hard-fought battle, the students earned second place against a middle school team from New York City.

The B team took the final day of competition head-on and played extremely well. For the fourth consecutive year, the team finished the tournament in 13th place out of all 175 teams and exceeded everyone’s expectations.

“The competition was intense,” said Hansen. “Our students demonstrated great composure while performing at such a high level.”

All of Churchill’s Quiz Bowl team members are excited about their victories in Chicago and are already gearing up for next year’s competitions-- where they hope to take it to the next level.

A Team:

  • Soumya Bukkapatnam (Captain) - Eighth Grade
  • Shohom Chakraborty - Eighth Grade
  • Elyas Nuh - Seventh Grade
  • Aditya Sivakumar - Eighth Grade

B Team:

  • Tanay Bodducherla - Sixth Grade
  • Ananya Bukkapatnam (Captain) - Eighth Grade
  • Nipun Dour - Eighth Grade
  • Arjun Gonuguntla - Eighth Grade

To learn more about the National Academic Quiz Tournaments, visit