Southside High School Quiz Bowl Team Wins 6th State Championship Title
The Southside High School Mavericks are the 2021 7A Arkansas Governor's Quiz Bowl Association State Champions! They defeated Bryant 325-285 in a close match! This is the 6th state title for the Mavericks. Congratulations! A replay of the game is now available on the Arkansas PBS YouTube Channel.
Southside Quiz Bowl State Champions: Jonathan Hernandez, Zainab Bashir, Captain Jack Minnick, Zain Rana, Alex Rahal, Christian Morales, Victor Nguyen, Haris Rana, Vivian Apple, Callie Shannon, Andrea Ortega and Emma Paulus
“Winning State was a huge accomplishment for us and I really feel that I owe a lot of that to how well the team works together and all of the work that we put in,” captain Jack Minnick said. “I don’t think we could have done it without devoted team members and a devoted coach that pushes us to that extent.”
In his first title win since 2014, coach Josh Adams said, “We had to change our entire strategy this year. We had a lot of virtual zoom practices. We waited to hear the entire question every time. For most of the year we played against the questions, not another team. Then in the finals we had to focus more on speed to beat another team head to head. We even had to use a smaller roster because of COVID room size protocols in the finals. I’m very proud of them and how resilient they were with all of the changes.”
“I feel proud of the team. I didn’t think we’d make it this far. This year has been kind of a mess with COVID and everything,” said senior Christian Morales.
Captain Jack Minnick, Vivian Apple and Haris Rana were named to the 7A All-State Tournament team. Additional members of the team include Zainab Bashir, Jonathan Hernandez, Christian Morales, Victor Nguyen, Andrea Ortega, Emma Paulus, Alex Rahal, Zain Rana, and Callie Shannon. The team is coached by Josh Adams and Walter Woodie.