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Brain Bowl Team Places 9th at National Tournament

Pictured (left to right): Jordan Thorton, Logan Boyd, Mike Cao, and Christian Reitnauer. Back Row (second row, sitting behind): Garrett Edenfield and Mattew Estiana.

Pictured (left to right): Jordan Thorton, Logan Boyd, Mike Cao, and Christian Reitnauer. Back Row (second row): Garrett Edenfield and Mattew Estiana.

Members of the South Florida State College (SFSC) Brain Bowl Team recently competed and placed ninth nationally in a field of 24 teams at the 2015 National Academic Quiz Tournament (NAQT) Community College Championship Tournament (CCCT), held Feb. 27 – 28 in Atlanta, Ga.

SFSC’s Brain Bowl team of Logan Boyd, Mike Cao, Christian Reitnauer, Garrett Edenfield, Mattew Estiana, and Jordan Thorton finished with eight wins and three losses. Out of the 121 players present, SFSC team member Christian Reitnauer was the ninth highest individual scorer, coming ahead of many veteran Brain Bowlers from colleges like Chipola College and Seminole State College. Cao placed 24th, Boyd placed 61st, Thorton placed 80th, Edenfield placed 86th, and Estiana placed 1ooth in the individual standings.

“I am proud that our team was able to make it to nationals and even more proud of how well we did there,” said Cheryl John, Brain Bowl co-advisor. “In addition to the weekly practices held by Dr. Deery, we had a scrimmage to prepare for the tournament.”

The team secured a spot in this year’s National Community College Championship Tournament after placing fourth in the NAQT’s Sectional Tournament at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, in Jan.

In addition to SFSC’s team, nine other colleges from the Florida College System competed at the NAQT’s Community College Championship Tournament including Broward College, College of Central Florida, Seminole State College, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota, Tallahassee Community College, Chipola College, Northwest Florida State College, Florida Gateway College, and Valencia College.

The season isn’t quite over for SFSC’s Brain Bowl team, as they will be competing in the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) State Tournament March 12 – 14 at Pasco-Hernando State College, Wesley Chapel.

For more information on NAQT, visit https://www.naqt.com/. For more information on SFSC’s Brain Bowl team, contact John at 863-784-7234 or Cheryl.John@southflorida.edu.

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