SCF Brain Bowl Team to Participate in State, National Tournaments

(Bradenton, Fla., February 24, 2015) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota’s (SCF) Brain Bowl Fire and Ice teams have excelled at recent tournaments in two separate leagues, the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) and National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT). Both teams will advance to the state tournament, and the Fire team will participate in the national tournament.

National Community College Championship Tournament

SCF’s Fire Team has qualified for the National Community College Championship Tournament Feb. 27-28 in Atlanta, Ga., after winning the National Academic Quiz Tournaments Sectional Tournament at Lakewood Ranch in January.

The Fire Team, which included SCF students Michael Moore, Naim Chowdhury and Leon Hostetler, and SCF Collegiate School student Kara Stevens, ranked the highest of 64 teams in the nation that competed in eight sectional tournaments the same weekend. SCF’s Earth, Water and Air teams also participated in the local sectional tournament.

Students also performed well in individual competitions. Moore, who leads the SCF team as a consistent top scorer in Brain Bowl tournaments, ranked third. Chowdhury ranked seventh; Alex Koutelias ranked eighth; and Hostetler ranked 12th.

Other players included SCF students Austin Goode, Adriana Souza, Colton Kunzeman, Jonathan Willman, Matthew Willman, Chris Medrano, Michael Freedman, Jordan McKenrick and Sebastian Ospina, and SCFCS students Carlyle Styer, Quentin Ferring and Olivia D’Oronio.

Florida College System Activities Association State Tournament

SCF’s Fire and Ice teams are headed to the FCSAA tournament at Pasco-Hernando State College March 12-14 after placing first and third, respectively, at the West Central Regional Tournament in February.

Members of the Fire team were SCF students Michael Moore, Naimul Chowdhury, Leon Hostetler and Christopher Medrano, and SCFCS student Carlyle Styer.

Members of the Ice team were Adriana Souza, Austin Goode, Matthew Willman, Jonathan Willman and Paul Foerster.

Individual records are Chowdhury, first place; Moore, third place; Foerster, fourth place; Hostetler, fifth place; Souza, ninth place; Jonathan Willman, 11th place; Matthew Willman, 12th place; Medrano, 13th place; Styer, 18th place; and Goode, 19th place.

Christina Dwyer, SCF assistant professor, mathematics, and Hyun Kim, assistant professor, art, design, humanities, are the teams’ coaches.

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