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Brain Bowlers finish third at NAQT national tournament

March 16, 2015 | News

Broward College’s Brain Bowl team consisting of Noah Yudewitz, Nicholas Lee Yee, Michelle Thackeray, Masekela Mandela and Jason Zelonka, finished in third place nationwide among community colleges in the United States at the National Academic Quiz Tournament’s Community College Championship Tournament on February 27 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Broward’s team is comprised of one Broward College student and four students who are dually enrolled at the College Academy at Broward College. Yudewitz placed second in the individual competition nationwide. A total of 116 scholars competed in the tournament.

The Brain Bowl competition, based on the format of the General Electric “College Bowl” radio and television series that aired from 1959-1970, requires knowledge of academic subjects, current events and popular culture.

The tournament drew 24 teams from seven states. Three of the top four finishers in the event represented Florida colleges. Since Broward finished third among the top four colleges in the NAQT CCCT, the Seahawks qualified for the Division II international tournament, which will pit team members against teams representing universities such as Harvard, Yale and Stanford. The tournament is March 27-28, also in Atlanta.

Broward College has a long and distinguished history in academic quiz competition. Since 1989, Broward has won seven Florida Brain Bowl championships. Last year’s team was the state runner-up. This year’s squad is the Southern Division champion competing in the 2015 games, scheduled for March 12 at Pasco-Hernando State College’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, Wesley Chapel.

The team and its coaches, L-R: Assistant Coach Tony De Lia, Masekela Mandela, Noah Yudewitz, Jason Zelonka, Nicholas Lee Yee, Michelle Thackeray, Coach Sui F. Joo and the tournament host.

The team and its coaches, L-R: Assistant Coach Tony De Lia, Masekela Mandela, Noah Yudewitz, Jason Zelonka, Nicholas Lee Yee, Michelle Thackeray, Coach Sui F. Joo and the tournament host.

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