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ASU academic champs place 12th in national tourney

April 13, 2009

A team of student scholars from Arizona State University placed 12 out of 32 in its division at the national Intercollegiate Championship Tournament held April 3-4 at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.

The ASU team included five students from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and one from the W. P. Carey School of Business. They included captain Erin Hutchinson, a senior majoring in global studies; Kenneth Lan, a sophomore majoring in biological sciences; Mary Beth Hutchinson, a sophomore majoring in religious studies and history; Carolyn Moss, a junior majoring in history; alternate Alex Porter, a senior majoring in supply chain management; and alternate Louis Weimer, a freshman majoring in history. The team was coached by Brian Gleim, a graduate student in astrophysics in the School of Earth and Space Exploration.

Both Hutchinsons, Lan and Moss were members of the 2008 ASU Academic Bowl winning team from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. They secured a wild card spot in the national tournament after a close rematch in the final round of regional play on Feb. 7 against the University of California, Los Angeles. The team came in second but played well enough to earn a wild card invitation.

Undergraduate Student Government at ASU sponsored the Sun Devil Quiz Bowl club team in the national matchup, which is organized by the National Academic Quiz Tournaments.

Teams that competed in the national tournament included: University of Alabama; Broward College; Carleton College; Carnegie Mellon University; Case Western Reserve University; University of Chicago; Chipola College; Davidson College; Gonzaga University; Grinnell College; J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College; University of Maryland; McMaster University; Miami University, Ohio; University of Michigan; Mississippi State University; Northeast Alabama Community College; Ohio State University; Princeton University; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; University of California, Los Angeles; Vanderbilt University; Washington University in St. Louis; and Yale University.