The Rebels Scholastic Quiz Bowl team had a strong showing at the State Championships this past weekend, winning second place out of the state. For the first time in Freeman’s history, the team made it to States and placed second overall.
The state tournament was held in Williamsburg, Virginia on the campus of the College of William & Mary. Unlike most tournaments, which are between six and eight matches, the States competition consisted of only three matches.
Freeman was faced with their toughest opponent first: the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), a government school located in Northern Virginia. Despite a tough fought match full of shifting momentum and tenuous leads, TJHSST pulled out the win in the end.
The Rebels knew that they would have to go undefeated in their next two games in order to place in the state. Due to the concerted efforts of key players like freshman Joseph Chambers and senior Walker Barkstrom, the Rebels achieved this goal and were victorious in both of their next games.
The day closed with a ceremony that honored Freeman’s second-place position in front of all eighteen teams and their families. Each Rebel received an official silver medal from the Virginia High School League (VHSL) and the whole team earned a trophy that will join their first place trophy from this year’s regional competition.
This record-setting victory is a promising sign that Freeman’s success will continue in upcoming tournaments, including the PACE national championship in June and the ongoing Battle of the Brains competition.
The team is hopeful that the future holds many more trophies and medals for them to add to their collection, and considering the overwhelming amount of underclassmen strength on the team, it is safe to assume that this dream may come true.