SCF, Manatee-Sarasota Spotlights Top-Ranked Brain Bowl Team

(Bradenton, Fla., Oct. 11, 2018) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) is highlighting National Train Your Brain Day, Oct. 13, by putting the spotlight on the college’s top-ranked Brain Bowl team.

Brain Bowl is an academic competition in which teams from Florida State Colleges answer questions from subject areas that include humanities, mathematics, natural science and social sciences. SCF’s team has been the state champion multiple times, qualifying for national competition against colleges and universities including The University of Florida and Harvard. The 2015 team won the National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT) championship in Atlanta, Georgia, and SCF’s teams have been ranked in the top three nationally for the past five years, also finishing in second place in 2018.

SCF’s current Brain Bowl team just completed their first competition of the season, the 2018 Florida Gateway Collegiate Invitational. They finished with a 6-1 record, winning their division. The competition, held at Florida Gateway College in Lake City, featured 16 teams from eight Florida colleges. Teams in each division played seven rounds during the all-day tournament.

The SCF Manatees scored an average of 277 points per game, beating their opponents by an average of 157 points. Individually, returning player and team captain Lacey Anderson ranked first overall, averaging 76 points per round. Lacey is now the sixth all-time highest scoring player in SCF Brain Bowl history. Returning players Justin Reitwiesner, Jerry Monosiet and Ben Pickhardt ranked 31st, 41st and 46th. The next tournament will be in Ocala later this month.

The Brain Bowl team is always recruiting, and scholarships are available for team members. For more information, contact William Culver, assistant professor and Brain Bowl team advisor, at 941-752-5509 or

From left: Lacey Anderson, team captain; Ben Pickhardt, Justin Reitwiesner and Jerry Monosiet

From left: Lacey Anderson, team captain; Ben Pickhardt, Justin Reitwiesner and Jerry Monosiet

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