SHS Academia Gearing Up for Nationals

May 18, 2017 - The Sidney HS Academia team will be competing at high school quizbowl nationals, the National Scholastic Championship (NSC), on June 10th and 11th in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. Sidney quizbowlers will compete against more than 90 other high school teams from around the country and the world. Last year, Sidney tied for 38th.

The Sidney Academia team is composed of senior NourEddine Hijazi, senior Andrew Mitchell, sophomore Oliver Marchus, and freshman Whitney Petty, and is is coached by Brett Bickel.

Sidney qualified for NSC by winning the Beavercreek Fall Invitational at Beaver Creek HS on 10/29/16. This season, the team also won its 9th straight Shelby County title and 4th straight League (GWOC North) title, as well as 4th place at the NAQT Ohio State Championship.

Those not attending NSC may follow select games of NSC through a liveblog and livestream. Liveblog and livestream details will be announced on

Quizbowl is an academic competition played between two teams of up to 4 players. Players buzz in on questions, which cover a wide range of academic topics including literature, history, science, and the arts.

Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence (PACE), founded in 1996 by a volunteer group of players and coaches, has been promoting high school quizbowl for nearly 20 years. In addition to running the annual National Scholastic Championship, PACE recognizes high quality local tournaments and sponsors the Quizbowl Resource Center, a hub for tournaments, question sets, and discussion.

For more information on PACE, please visit their website at

Sidney Academia would like to thank the following individuals and businesses whose donations make this trip possible:

Bruce Dickman, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
Dr. Bill Ross
John and Cindy Scheu
Tim and Judy Bickel
Sidney Electric
Drew and Debbie Barber
Sidney Body Carstar
Buckeye Ford
Kiwanis Club

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