Tag: Anant Mishra

It’s Academic Wins TV Super Bowl

Words: Chy Murali

On May 16, Centennial’s It’s Academic team came in first place in the It’s Academic TV Super Bowl in Washington, DC. It will air on June 27 at 7 pm on WJZTV Channel 13 and WRCTV Channel 4. The team consisted of seniors Ryan Heslin, Anant Mishra, and junior Gary Tse. Alternates included seniors Weijia Cheng and Mohammed Khader. Centennial competed against Blake High School of Montgomery County and Rappahannock High School of Virginia. Centennial has won the Baltimore Metro Championship in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013, and 2015.

This is the second time Centennial has beat the Washington D.C. Metro Area and Central Virginia Champions, the first being in 2009. Captain Ryan Heslin, who made his second appearance at the competition, was glad that the team won a stressful game and came back successfully from their 2013 loss to Blake High School. “I’m very glad that my third and final season on the show has been so successful,” he said, “It would have been very disappointing if we had never won a Super Bowl.”

At the end of the show, Centennial was tied with Blake High School 450 to 450. Ryan Heslin correctly answered the tiebreaker question thus winning the competition. “I felt relieved more than anything else,” he said, “I had made several mistakes during the game, and I would have been upset if we had lost.”

Anant Mishra felt the accomplishment was a team win. “I am extremely happy with how we played as a team and worked together,” he said, “It was truly a team win.” Weijia Cheng was also happy for his teammates’ victory. “I think they definitely deserved to win, having the right combination of real knowledge and instinct to outsmart the TV show questions,” he said.

The team has amassed a total of $6500 dollars in total scholarships for the contestants. Centennial will be attending several national competitions as the NAQT HSNCT in Chicago, Illinois, from May 29-31, and the PACE NSC in Reston, Virginia, on June 6.

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Centennial’s It’s Academic Team’s Success Continues

Words: Jonah Drenning

At a recent Hammond High School It’s Academic Tournament, Centennial High School’s A Team, featuring Ryan Heslin, Anant Mishra, Mohammed Khader, and Weijia Cheng, placed first, continuing their three year winning streak.

“I am very pleased with our recent success at the annual Green Eggs and Hammond tournament,” said Mishra, “Our success over the past few years has been truly extraordinary.”

Other Centennial teams also performed exceptionally well, with the B Team finishing in fourth, the C Team in fifth, and D team in ninth amongst a field of 36 teams. Even then, several of the Centennial teams were eliminated when they were forced to play each other due to the design of the event’s bracket.

Looking forward, the A and B Teams have qualified for the Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence’s (PACE) tournament, in Reston, VA, and are applying to the High School National Tournament in Chicago. They are hoping to improve on last year’s respective 18th place (out of 96) and 13th place (out of 272) finishes from last year. Additionally, Mishra believes that their spectacular showing at Hammond did not even indicate their true potential.

“The format of the Hammond Tournament was TV style where the questions were shorter, less in depth, and based heavily on buzzer speed,” stated Mishra, “Although we enjoy TV style, our real success lies in quiz bowl, a format utilized throughout the country where the questions are significantly longer and require much greater knowledge as opposed to buzzer speed […] my teammates, myself included, believe that this is where our success can be truly measured.”

With a combination of this advantageous format and many hours of careful practice, the It’s Academic teams will be tested on June 6-7 during the PACE and on May 29-31 in the High School National Tournament.

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