PM Quiz Bowl team wins MT Academic Challenge

   Penn Manor’s varsity Quiz Bowl team outscored 21 other teams to take first place in the Manheim Township Academic Challenge, held Dec. 16 at Manheim Township High School.

   The Penn Manor team of Max Keefer, Gabe McGough, Connor Mayers and Audrey Ritchie went 5-0 in the morning rounds and swept all three afternoon games to earn a spot in the finals match.

   The Comets beat the Great Valley “A” Team, 375-305, clinching the win on tossup 19 and ending the day 9-0.

   Connor “powered” 58 questions – answering early to get 15 points instead of the usual 10 – and was the top individual scorer of the tournament, which included teams from Hempfield, Lancaster Mennonite, Bermudian Springs, Friends Select, Huntingdon, Mechanicsburg and other schools.

   “Connor and his teammates have worked very hard to get to this point,” said Sallie Bookman, a Quiz Bowl coach and Penn Manor High School teacher of the gifted. “They have all put in their time and deserved the win.”

   Penn Manor, which has a 9-3 record in the Lancaster-Lebanon League, has already qualified for two national tournaments – in Atlanta in May and in Chicago in June, Bookman said.

   Congratulations to team members on an impressive win!

Quiz Bowl team members, from left, Max Keefer, Gabe McGough, Connor Mayers and Audrey Ritchie.