By Derek Topper
“One-hundred three to one-hundred one” announced the referee of Long Beach High School’s Trivia Club’s most recent match. The club, which had defeated higher-ranked South Side, had just completed their inaugural season in existence. Led by Social Studies teacher Ms. Levin and a group of dedicated students, the team has competed in a variety of competitions across Lower New York.
After holding three club meetings last year, the organization has made great strides this year by competing as a member of the Regional Quiz Bowl, a Long Island-wide quiz bowl competition. Each month, as a part of this competition, Long Beach High School’s Trivia Club has been competing against schools from around western Nassau County at Valley Stream South High School. The team, boasting wins over Baldwin and East Rockaway High Schools, most recently defeated South Side High School in a tight match, which the Marines won on the final question by a score of one-hundred three to one-hundred one. This victory, as well as the high amount of points that the team scored in their other matches, has allowed the Varsity team of Long Beach High School’s Trivia Club to narrowly qualify for next month’s Regional Quiz Bowl’s Long Island Championship, with over thirty-seven other schools.
The team has also competed for the state title as well. On Saturday March 7th, the team travelled to Columbia University in New York City to compete in the National Academic Quiz Tournaments’ Metro New York State Championship. The event, which was eventually won by Great Neck South High School, saw Long Beach place in the top ten teams overall and have two of the team members place in the top twenty-five overall competitors. At the event, the team scored an upset victory over Stuyvesant High School and also defeated Half Hollow Hills East, Huntington and Preston High Schools.
The team members who have competed for the team this year consist of seniors Justin Barry, Michael Chryseliou, Mary Corbett, Kyle Curley, Jack Gilmore, Lily Hornung, Andrew Klang, Corey Ochs, Haley Ricciardi, Emma Rovitz, Hannah Sofield, Derek Topper, and Alec Wall, as well as junior Jacob Kaplan and sophomores Sophie Allen, Kristen Miciotta, Ali Thursland and Iain Wall.