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Holton Wins National Academic Competition

Holton Wins National Academic Competition

In what was dubbed the “greatest game ever played,” the Holton-Arms It’s Academic team recently won the Questions Unlimited National Academic Championship.

Holton, which entered the playoffs ranked No. 15, defeated No. 9 Edgemont 360-355. 

This national championship came from the hard work of students Maggie Brett-Major ’22Caroline Dickey ’22Bella Terhune ’22Sophia King ’24Caroline Serenyi ’24, and Sasha Koeva Brooks ’26

Holton teachers Dr. Hannah KrugBob TupperSahar Siddiqui ’98, and Carolyn Gagne coached the team this year.

“From science to math to history to English to world language to art to music to sports, they answered questions about virtually every topic one can think of,” Krug said. “They even swept a category called ‘Volcanic Winters,’ if you’re wondering just how esoteric their knowledge – and the questions in this tournament – can get!”

The championship team and coaches.

The team also showed off their impressive teamwork, with the moderator referring to how well the team worked together, bouncing ideas off of each other and eventually coming up with correct ones. 

Brett-Major, who served as the team captain, was inducted into the championship hall of fame, just the 25th player ever in 40 years to claim the honor. Other members include renowned Jeopardy! champion Brad Rutter.

The championship game came down to the wire; Holton correctly answered questions about the human body, art, the Constitutional Convention, British literature, and more. Holton was behind going into the final “Stump the Experts” round but managed to pull off the comeback.

The championship literally came down to the last question: finish the saying by Benjamin Franklin: “He that falls in love with himself will have no ___.” King correctly answered “rivals” to nab 20 points and seal the victory.

Holton notched nine straight victories en route to the title, including defeating the defending national championships. They won five consecutive games the day of the victory.

Watch the full championship game above, and read the recap from QUnlimited right here.