On Saturday, Feb. 11, the Scholars Bowl team won its second consecutive 5A State championship.
The team, consisting of juniors Calvin Cochran, Asim Zaidi and Jamie Brower, sophomores Luke Chen and Ajay Subramanian and freshman Luke Conners ended its season with a record of 70 wins and six losses.
The team prepared for State by going through practice questions with sponsor Adam Wade.
“We had been doing practice questions, and we had been consistently hitting 80 to 85 percent of those questions per run-through,” Cochran said. “That’s pretty amazing for just the six of us. If you get that many questions, you’re pretty much set.”
Wade kept track of the team’s statistics, and Cochran said Wade provided guidance that proved to be key in the team’s success.
Cochran said the team performed well in all categories, but he and Zaidi led the team in world language questions.
“There’s just so much concentrated knowledge in the six of us,” he said. “It was pretty intense. We were all pretty excited. The tension, especially at the end, was evident. We all realized it was a big deal to all of us.”