Quiz bowl is a game in which two teams compete head-to-head to answer questions from all areas of knowledge, including history, literature, science, fine arts, current events, popular culture, sports, and more. There are also tournaments for individual players rather than teams.
The defining feature of quiz bowl is the use of a “buzzer system” that lets players interrupt the reading of a question when they know the answer. That element adds a dimension of confidence, anticipation, and rapid recall to a game about knowing facts. Those “tossup” questions are answered individually, but doing so earns one’s team a chance at a three-part “bonus” question. Bonus questions are worth more points and allow collaboration, but are generally more difficult. (Source: NAQT)
In 2022, quiz bowl finished 5th out of 38 teams in the Northwest Iowa Quiz Bowl tournament, going 7-2 on the day. In early 2022, the team placed 2nd (top Iowa team) in the Iowa State Online Quiz Bowl tournament.
In 2020, East High quiz bowl students participated in the KCAU/BVU tournament. It is an honor for teams to earn a place on this coveted TV competition. East earned 9th place in the 2020 tournament.