AHS HISTORY BOWL TEAM MAKES HISTORY
Airline High School’s History Bowl team did what no other team did at the recent North Louisiana Regional Tournament. AHS dominated both the Bowl and Bee competitions, qualifying for Nationals to be held in April in Washington, D.C.
Michael Pedrotty, History Bowl coach, said “I absolutely could not be more proud of these students. They competed at a tremendously high level and showed great class and impeccable sportsmanship throughout the day.”
The stakes were high and the competition intense at the regional tourney. Pedrotty said Airline’s A team, comprised of Carter Clawson, Thomas Johnson, Abhi Shah and Kaitlin Simpson, went 5-0 in pool play, cruised through their semi-final round and won the Championship.
The C team, comprised of Catherine Clayton, Taylor Powell, Brynden Vance and Joshua Yarrington, also went 5-0 in pool play, won a close semi-final match and only lost to the A team in the finals.
The D team, made up of Michael Dickson, Kelly Luinstra, Kyndra Periban and Joey Walker, went 3-2 in pool play, but missed the play-offs on total points to Airline’s own C team. The Junior Varsity E team, which included Clifton Haacker, Eric Haacker, Walter Haacker and Kayla Burns, went 2-0 against other JV teams at the tournament and won the JV Championship.
The B team, comprised of Matt Higginbotham, Ben Johnson, Sarah Lawhorne, Daniel Mills and Cheryl Pearcy, finished 2-3 in pool play, but had already qualified for Nationals at the state tournament.
This means all four AHS Varsity teams and its JV team qualified for Nationals, which Pedrotty pointed out is a first in National History Bowl history as far as published records of the competition reveal.
“Last year, only 11 schools in the entire country sent as many as two teams to Nationals, and only one sent three teams,” Pedrotty said. “No school in the history of the competition has sent four Varsity teams to Nationals. Airline High Schools in Bossier City, Louisiana, is the first to be able to do so.”
Pedrotty went on to say about his team, “They have accomplished something truly remarkable that reflects so very well on their own talents, hard work and dedication, as well as on their school and their community.”
We are proud of the success Airline’s History Bowl team has already achieved and wish you the best at Nationals!
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