The Palisade High School Academic Team returned from Pueblo after competing at the statewide Matchwits Tournament as this year’s champions.
Matchwits is an academic quiz tournament similar to Jeopardy. About 40 schools across Colorado participated in this year’s tournament. With the win, Palisade qualifies for the national tournament for a second year in a row. But what team members say may be more sweeter than the victory itself, is the sweet revenge over Grand Junction High School in the final round.
“Knowing that my team was out there and could beat Junction, that was a really big lift for all of us,” said Senior, Jordan Vickers.
And, Drew Remmenga, said “For years we’ve been losing to them quiet consistently and it’s been an uphill battle against them, so to finally overcome that was a really big deal to all of us.”
Bryce Atchison, a senior, said in regards to competing nationally, “We have an extremely talented team and I think that’s highlighted by how we did last year. We did better than any other school in Colorado.”
“It’s really quiet exciting and I learned a lot because the format is completely different,” said Kyle Ables. “It’s more trivia based than academics, so there’s more random knowledge that you have to acquire.”
The team consists of 14 members, five will head to the national tournament in Chicago. You can visit the school’s website http://phs.mesa.k12.co.us/ to see ways to support the group as they try and make the trip possible.