Snead State College Bowl Team Compete at Community College Championship Tournament


The College Bowl Team from Snead State Community College recently competed in the Community College Championship Tournament, hosted by the National Academic Quiz Tournament in Minneapolis, Minn.

The team placed 15th out of 24 teams participating in the competitive tournament on Feb. 24-25. The tournament was won by three Florida schools: Valencia College in first place, Chipola College in second place, and State College-Manatee in third place.

The College Bowl Team was selected to participate based on its performance at the NAQT/Alabama Sectional Tournament held at Jeff State Community College on Jan. 20. 
Snead State finished in the Top 5 against a field of 16 teams from community colleges in Alabama. The finish placed Snead State’s team among the top 24 teams in the country, earning the College an invitation to Minneapolis for the 13th time.

College Bowl is a competitive academic event in which four-member teams attempt to answer questions about a wide variety of academic and general knowledge subject areas including science, history, literature, geography, sports, current events, pop culture, and fine arts.

“I’m really proud of this year’s team and what they’ve accomplished,” said College Bowl Coach and Snead State Instructor Vann Scott. “This team has practiced and worked very hard. They have significantly improved from where we started earlier in the year. Any time you qualify for the national championship tournament, it’s a great accomplishment, and I’m especially proud of these guys for sticking with it and continuing to improve from tournament to tournament, getting us to this point.

“They faced tough competition with some historically strong teams involved (in the national championship tournament). Our team played well, winning enough games in the preliminary rounds to advance into the second bracket for the final rounds,” said Mr. Scott.

College Bowl team members include Team Captain Justen Graul from West End High School, Isaiah Lowery from Boaz High School, Drew Hunter from Guntersville High School, and Matthew Ragsdale from Sand Rock High School.

Snead State’s College Bowl Team wraps up their tournament season by competing at the Alabama College Bowl League State Championship Tournament in April at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

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