This last Saturday, Jan. 12, saw WOU hosting it’s annual NAQT event in the Werner University Center. NAQT, or National Academic Quiz Tournaments, is an event hosted on campus by the WOU Student Activities Board. It is part of a national organization built around academic trivia competitions with branches for middle school, high school, college, and community college level events.
The competition is set up first an open competition and then a round of finals of competition between teams consisting of two to five members. The first level is a general round robin style event, where each team has a match against all the other competing teams. Based on the results of these matches the teams going to the finals are decided. In the finals, the top four teams compete for the titles, and prizes, of first, second, and third place. Additionally, individual scores are kept, and the top quizzers qualify to move on to regional competitions.
Each match takes place during a half-hour time slot. A match is made up of two halves, this year each nine minutes long, and a two minutes break in between. During each half trivia questions are asked, and answered in order to earn points. The questions range in topic from classical music, literature, art history, chemistry, and even popular music and recent movies. Honestly, you walk out of this event surprised at what you know.
Here at WOU, this was my second time participating in this event. This year, my team fared better than last year, but the most important thing is that it was fun. I got to hang out with amazingly smart and nice people all day, and got to participate in an event hosted by kind and dedicated volunteers.
By Bonnie Wells