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 conquered a field of 26 teams from around the state to earn the right to represent Vermont in national competition.

Coach Lea Ann Smith (left to right) and team members Matt Bergeron, Cole Blondin, Martin Deutsch, Jason Yin, Omkar Borse and Peter Feehan hold the trophies after Essex beat South Burlington to win the Scholars' Bowl state championship March 29 at the University of Vermont. (Photo by Kevin Commo)

Rebels Reach Playoffs at NAQT National Tournament
South Burlington became just the fourth Vermont team to qualify for the playoffs at a tossup-bonus national tournament, leading the Vermont contingent at the NAQT National Championship Tournament in Rosemont, Ill., on May 31 and June 1 with a 77th-place finish. The Rebels went 6-5 overall, coming back to beat Bloomington, Ill., 330-325 in the final match of the prelims to make the playoffs before falling to Eden Prairie, Minn., 290-150 in the first round. Essex sent two teams and the A team finished 5-5, falling to Beachwood, Ohio, with a spot in the playoffs on the line in the final round. Essex B finished 2-8 with a couple of heartbreaking losses mixed in. The tournament concluded the 2013-14 season for Vermont teams, but the Scholars' Bowl will be back in September for its 32nd season. Complete NAQT Nationals results.

Four Vermont Teams Compete at NAQT Small-School Nationals
Vermont was well represented at the NAQT Small-School National Championship Tournament in Minneapolis on May 3, with four teams from BFA-Fairfax, Fair Haven and Montpelier competing in a field of 50 teams from around the country. Although none of the Vermont teams made the playoffs, Fair Haven A came close, winning four of its first five games before finishing 4-5. Montpelier posted a 3-6 record while BFA-Fairfax and Fair Haven B each went 2-7 in the inaugural national tournament for public schools with 500 or fewer students in grades 10-12. Complete Small-School Nationals results.

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