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IMSA Wins State at Quiz Bowl ‘By the Slimmest of Margins, in the Most Clutch Way’

IMSA came from behind to beat its rival, Adlai E. Stevenson High School, capturing the title of first place in Illinois for the second straight year.


The National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT) held a tournament on February 22, featuring the top forty teams in Illinois competing at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. The IMSA team was 10-1 in the first 11 rounds of preliminary play, only losing to Stevenson, who also went 10-1. The two front-runners and quiz bowl rivals battled for first, and going into the final question, IMSA was trailing by thirty points.

Senior Siva Gangavarapu earned 15 points for answering the final tossup question, bringing IMSA within 15 points of the lead on the final bonus question. IMSA scored 20 points in answering the bonus question, beating rival Stevenson by five points. As coach and Math Faculty Dr. Noah Prince stated after, “we were able to win by the slimmest of margins, and in the most clutch way possible. I’m very proud of our team.”

The IMSA team consisted of Seniors Anton Karpovich and Siva Gangavarapu, and Juniors Dan Pechi, Waleed Ali, and Andrew Salij.