Vermont's high school question-and-answer
academic competition for more than 30 years.
Welcome to the home of competitive academics in the state of Vermont. Since the 1983-84 school year, the Vermont-NEA Scholars' Bowl has been challenging teams of high school students to show their smarts in a fast-paced question-and-answer format. This year Essex High School topped 23 other schools from around the state to earn the right to represent Vermont in national competition.

The team from Essex High School shows off its trophies after defeating Burlington, 415-370, to win the Vermont-NEA Scholars' Bowl state championship at the University of Vermont on March 28. Team members are (from left): coach Lea Ann Smith, Logan Brunet, Omkar Borse, Martin Deutsch, Jason Yin, Matt Bergeron and Lauren Whitehouse. (Photo by Kevin Commo)

Essex Makes Playoffs to Lead Vermont Teams at Nationals
The 2015-16 season came to end on a high note as state champion Essex advanced to the playoffs at the NAQT National Championship Tournament in Rosemont, Ill., on May 30 and 31, headlining the performances of the three Vermont schools that competed at the nation's most prestigious tournament. Essex overcame a difficult start by winning its last three matches to finish the preliminary rounds with a 6-4 record and become the fifth Vermont-NEA Scholars' Bowl team to reach the playoffs at nationals since 2011. Sidney (Ohio) ended Essex's run in the first round of the playoffs with a 400-80 victory. Two other Vermont teams competed in Chicago, with North Country starting 3-3 before losing its last four matches and Montpelier finishing strong to end with a 2-8 record. Full results.

Fair Haven Shines at NAQT Small-School Nationals
Fair Haven turned in a strong performance at the NAQT Small-School National Championship Tournament in Atlanta on April 25, coming within a game of reaching the playoffs for the second straight year. The Slaters overcame an 0-3 start by winning four of their next five games to set up a matchup with Milford (N.Y.) in the final round for a berth in the playoffs, but Fair Haven fell 255-110. Stll, the 4-5 record tied FHU's 2014 mark for the state's best in the tournament. Fair Haven's results.

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