LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - After months of competitions, the Eisenhower High School Quiz Bowl team will soon be competing against some of the best teams in the country for a national championship.
The team qualified for the national championship this year for the first time since 2001 and is now raising money for the trip to the competition.
"It's really exciting because I've never really gotten to compete on a national level before,” Eisenhower High School Quiz Bowl Captain Dylan Price said.
Most quiz bowl competitions occur completely online, with different schools logging into one database to see who can correctly answer a question the fastest. Eisenhower is competing in a competition just like that next week but will also compete for the 2017 National Championship in May of next year, a contest that is the more traditional style with the buzzers that I'm sure we all think of when we think "quiz bowl".
"We've never really done anything like that in the past few years, we've made state, we qualified for state but we didn't win. But honestly, this is the biggest thing I've done in my four years of high school and in quiz bowl,” Eisenhower High School Quiz Bowl Captain Itzel Bernier said.
Eisenhower's quiz bowl team competes against teams from all over the country with the goal of making it to state and ultimately to nationals, but this is the first time they've reached that goal in the last 15 years.
"Honestly it's really humbling, it amazes me that I actually have the ability to do something like this and I'm sure it's the same with everybody else,” Price said.
One problem the team is running into is the fact that there isn't much money built into the budget to fund a quiz bowl team taking a trip to New Orleans, so they're turning to the community for help.
"The thing is we're not just representing Eisenhower, we're representing Lawton as a whole because when we go out and people from other cities and other states see us, they're seeing Lawton,” Price said.
"We do feel passionate about this and we're a bunch of good kids so we won't let them down,” Eisenhower High School Quiz Bowl Captain Faith Dennis said.
The captains of the quiz bowl team say getting to go on this trip would be a once in a lifetime opportunity.
"It would be amazing to actually go somewhere and compete in something as big as this,” Bernier said.
"It would mean a lot to me, it would be an honor,” Dennis said.
"It's really incredible,” Price said.
If you want to donate to the quiz bowl trip you can send a check to the high school, made out to the Eisenhower High School Quiz Bowl Team.