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North Quincy High quiz bowl team victorious on ‘High School Quiz Show’

QUINCY – They practiced for an hour every week at school, two hours on the weekends at local coffee shops and parks, and countless more hours alone to prepare.

They learned facts about math, science, history, mythology, art, theater, literature, pop culture and more, quizzed each other on their interests and weak spots, and stepped in when a teammate just couldn’t find the answer.

It was no small feat for the North Quincy High School quiz bowl team to make it to the televised rounds of GBH’s “High School Quiz Show,” but they made it. And they won.

“They wanted to win, they really wanted it,” said Mera Kriz, a history teacher at the high school and team advisor. “There wasn’t any pressure from us. This was their goal and they did it.”

The final episode of season 13 of “High School Quiz Show” aired Saturday night. North Quincy bested Andover to come out on top for the first time since 2013, defeating teams from Mansfield, Weston and Hopkinton in head-to-head matchups along the way.

North Quincy’s team this year was made up of juniors: John Thomas Malvesti, Kaitlyn Vu, Dominique Dang, Peter Romeo, Sophie Nerine and Nicholas Enbar-Salo.

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“It’s cool to showcase academic pride,” Kaitlyn said. “At North, there is a focus on sports and that’s usually all that’s talked about, but getting on a TV stage and being able to showcase all of this knowledge is really fun.”

“High School Quiz Show” pits teams of students from around the state against each other in a knowledge competition. Dozens of teams individually take a 50-question quiz at the start of the season and the top 16 move on to the tournament bracket. From there, the teams face off two at a time in a rapid-fire competition until a state champion remains.

Three of the team’s six members — John Thomas, Kaitlyn and Dominique — were on the team that took North Quincy to the semifinals last year, where they lost to Boston Latin. Kaitlyn said the team knew they could do better, and worked harder this year to prepare, develop strategies and build up each member of the team.

“It’s a performance of sorts,” Nicholas said. “We’ve been practicing and practicing for this and now we can finally show off what we’re capable of.”

The team meets weekly at school during competition season and for hours outside of class. COVID protocols made gathering at school impossible for a time, but advisor Peggy Farren said that didn’t stop this team from honing their skills.

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“One of the things that makes this team different is their independence,” she said. “They continued to work on their own without us. There was a time that we couldn’t be with them and they were meeting alone without any advisor to practice. We can really take very little credit.”

For each student, the draw of the quiz bowl team is different. John Thomas and Peter said they like learning a little something about everything, Sophie and Dominique said bonding as a team – and with other teams – takes the cake for them, and Nicholas said he likes to take his knowledge to competitions.

“Everyone here on the team is a natural learner and we are all interested in learning new things,” Kaitlyn said. “We’re all naturally curious and want to know more.”

With advisors Kriz, Farren and Danielle Fernandez at the helm, all of the students said they plan to return to the team their senior year and are focused on finding new, young talent to take over when they graduate.

“We will come back next season, in person, and we’re hoping to win,” Dominique said.

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Reach Mary Whitfill at mwhitfill@patriotledger.com.

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