ENTERPRISE, Ala. (ESCC) — The Enterprise State Community College Cerebral Weevils Scholars' Bowl team ranked within the top 10 community college teams nationwide after the 2018 National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT) Community College Championship Tournament in Rosemont, IL. The tournament was held at the Hyatt Regional O'Hare on Thursday and Friday, March 2 and 3.
The Cerebral Weevils traveled to Chicago to compete with the top 24 community college quiz bowl teams from around the country. This year's competition was exceptionally tough. Mike Johnson finished the tournament in 7th place in individual scores, while the Weevil team finished in 8th place. The team hailed wins over teams competing from community colleges in California, Georgia, Florida, and Kansas. The Weevils enjoyed a taste of Chicago while there, visiting The Bean, the Art Institute of Chicago, and eating the original deep-dish Chicago-style pizza from Giordano's.
“Working with these students is an honor,” ESCC English Instructor and Scholars Bowl Advisor Kathy Pattie said.
“The breadth of knowledge that they possess speaks volumes to their intelligence and dedication to winning. I can't think of a group that better represents ESCC and its core value of a quality education.”
The Cerebral Weevils Team consists of the following ESCC students: Troy Funk, Judson Bailey, John Morgan, Caroline Morgan, Mike Johnson and Gavin Wriston. The Cerebral Weevils' fearless leader is Kathy Pattie, a veteran English instructor at the college.