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Adair County High School Quiz Bowl
Top 10 in the Nation: An amazing feat

Putting what a team of 11th graders from Columbia, KY - Luke Maupin, Ryan Montgomery, Jake Leibeck, and Jaylyn Bailey - into perspective makes the 7th place finish in the nation all the more remarkable.
"No one there expected this rural Kentucky team to finish anywhere near that Top 10, but in this week's blogs and quiz bowl forums on the internet, there is now a lot of buzz about this Adair County team that broke through the ceiling that has been dominated by the nation's top private and specialized academies for years." -COACH BRETT RELIFORD

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Out of 200 teams that earned qualification to the 2010 NAQT High School National Quiz Bowl Championship, Adair County's unexpected push toward the top had many of the nation's "usual suspects" talking. The ACHS quiz bowl/quick recall team finished 7th overall in the tournament after fighting their way through a very stiff Sunday elimination round one match at a time.

Goal had to been to make Sunday elimination rounds. They did it!

After 8 wins in Friday-Saturday preliminary competition, the team's record gave them the right to advance to Sunday's elimination rounds, a goal the team had discussed prior to arriving at the prestigious tournament. The team played three of the tournament's past four national champions en route to the 7th place finish.

Hard to find when a KY team finished so high in Quiz Bowl nationals

Among the circle of current Kentucky coaches Coach Brett Reliford has talked to, no one at the moment can definitively remember the last year a Kentucky team broke into the Top 10 at the quiz bowl national championships.

Going into the tournament, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Kentucky's State Champion, had been ranked in the top 9-12 range all year with what was thought to be Kentucky's best hopes of finishing in the Top 15 at the competition.

Adair Countians surpassed three previously higher ranked Kentucky Teams.

Dupont Manual, Kentucky's 2nd ranked team, was also discussed as being in the mix for a top 20 finish.

PLD, Manual, and Adair were the only three Kentucky teams out of the top 7 Kentucky teams there to advance to Sunday's elimination rounds.

PLD was eliminated early in Sunday's rounds of competition, then Manual, but after 4 consecutive wins, Adair County was the sole remaining Kentucky team in the tournament.

Adair's loss came against the year-long number one ranked high school team in the nation, State College of Pennsylvania. State College is a private college prep school who finished the 2010 national quiz bowl rankings as the 14th ranked COLLEGE team in the nation, just behind the University of Michigan and Yale University.

In fact, out of the top 10 schools in the nation, four were college prep academies, three were tuition-based private schools, one was a magnet school, and the other was a large consolidated school district.

In fact, the enrollment of the Junior class at the school finishing 6th ahead of Adair has a population of over 100 students more than ACHS's entire school population, and the Senior and Sophomore classes at that school are even higher than that.

In addition to finishing in the top 10 among all teams present at the tournament, ACHS Junior Luke Maupin earned an award as a National All-Star after finishing 14th overall in individual points scored.

Luke Maupin finishes 14th of 900 in contest

Approximately 900 total students competed in the tournament. Maupin was the number one ranked Freshman two years ago and among the Top 5 underclassmen again this year.

The team consisted of 11th graders Luke Maupin, Ryan Montgomery, Jake Leibeck, and Jaylyn Bailey.

Difficult to grasp what a huge accomplishment this is

"It's difficult to grasp how big of an accomplishment this is for our program," Brett Reliford noted.

"No one there expected this rural Kentucky team to finish anywhere near that Top 10, but in this week's blogs and quiz bowl forums on the internet, there is now a lot of buzz about this Adair County team that broke through the ceiling that has been dominated by the nation's top private and specialized academies for years.

"It is a feeling of pride that I can't describe to hear your team's name mentioned in the same elite class as some of these dominant teams. Even other Kentucky teams have patted these guys on the back for knocking off teams and putting Kentucky into the Top 10 for the first time in quite a while."

(Quiz bowl is a question/answer based competition in which two teams of four compete head-to-head. A list of how the scoring and rules work can be found at htt p://ww If interested, an example of the types of questions can be found here h ttp://hsapq .com/sample.html. Remember, 99 percent of these questions are answered before the question is ever even finished, many times after the first line or two of the question.)

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