February 9, 2017

CARTERVILLE — There’s no question about the hard work John A. Logan College’s quiz team has put into this year’s season, it’s what has propelled them to a first-place finish in state competition.

The team also placed 14th nationally which has qualified them to compete at the national tournament this month in Minnesota.

“I am very proud of our team’s effort and dedication,” said Melanie Pecord, acting vice-president for instruction at John A. Logan College. “This team’s accomplishments and representation of the College have been nothing short of outstanding.”

JALC will compete in the National Academic Quiz Tournament’s 2017 Community College Championship Feb. 24-25 in Minneapolis.

The four-person team is made up of Alex Pape of Makanda, John Rancilio of Herrin, Cassie Meadows of Herrin, and Seth Stearns of Makanda.

The team is coached by Tom Chandler, assistant professor of sociology.

“Tom Chandler dedicates a lot of time and support to this team,” Pecord added. “When I learned that they were competing at the national level, it brought great pride and honor to know this group would be representing the College at such an esteemed competitive level. We are rooting them on!”

Chandler explained that there 61 teams competed nationwide and that only the top 24 make it to Minnesota.

“I am immensely proud of this team’s accomplishments,” Chandler said. He has coached the Logan quiz teams for the past four years.

“This team truly is a special group of students and no matter the outcome at nationals, I will miss them when they graduate from John A. Logan College,” Chandler said.

Quiz bowl questions range over the entire spectrum of community college curriculum and also include a certain amount of current events, sports, and popular culture. The matches feature a blend of individual competition and team collaboration, since no individual player is likely to be an expert in all subject areas. Quiz bowl can reinforce classroom lessons and also encourage players to go beyond their majors to master other areas as well.