GWU Students Compete in Annual Big South Conference Quiz Bowl

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Team Finishes Second in Preliminary Competition

A photo of the GWU Quiz Bowl team taken during the competition. First row, from left, Damia Hutchins, Cameron Walters, Bryan Morales, Isaac Tuttle and back row, Callie West and Dr. Tom Jones BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Six students from Gardner-Webb University competed recently in the annual Big South Conference Quiz Bowl hosted by High Point University. The team finished second in preliminary competition, and Cameron Walters, a junior music composition major from Bessemer City, N.C., had the third highest individual score.

The annual Quiz Bowl is organized by the Big South Academic Consortium. Teams compete throughout the day in timed head-to-head challenges. Topics include a variety of interests and cover the gamut from traditional academic subjects to current pop culture and sports. Teams receive wins and losses for each match, with the day’s total record deciding the winner.

Walters said teams can’t study for the random questions. “What I enjoyed most was the comradery between the members of our team as well as between some members of the other teams,” he reflected. “There is a mutual respect between people who go to test their wit against others in a formal competition.”

Other GWU team members were Damian Hutchins, of Cherryville, N.C., Bryan Morales, of Maiden, N.C., Isaac Tuttle, of Lenoir, N.C., Callie West, of Arlington, Texas, and Casey Almond, of Dallas, N.C. The campus coordinator is Dr. Tom Jones, associate dean of the University Honors Program and professor of biology.

Morales, a junior computer information systems major, said team members contribute facts from their areas of interest. “By coming together and forming this team, we’re able to cover a wide range of topics,” he reflected.

Because Tuttle is a double major in history, and philosophy and theology, he answered questions in those areas. “I hadn’t participated before and did not know what to expect, but I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to engage in academic competition,” he said.

A photo of the GWU Quiz Bowl team. They are wearing black shirts with a GWU logo and khaki pants. From left, are Dr. Tom Jones, Casey Almond, Callie West, Bryan Morales, Damian Hutchins, Cameron Walters and Isaac Tuttle.
Members of the GWU Quiz Bowl team are, from left, Dr. Tom Jones (campus coordinator), Casey Almond, Callie West, Bryan Morales, Damian Hutchins, Cameron Walters and Isaac Tuttle.

Almond, a freshman nursing major, served as the team’s scorekeeper. “I also encouraged the team and took pictures for them during competition,” she said. “I liked seeing how our team worked together to get an answer. This was an amazing event to connect with other schools and to learn about new things.”

West is a sophomore English major with a literature emphasis and history minor. “I enjoyed witnessing how other teams competed in the matches and worked together in different ways,” she reflected. “I enjoyed hearing the questions and discovering an answer that I was not aware of before.”

Hutchins, a senior biology major with a biomedical sciences concentration, contributed to the effort from his knowledge of science and interest in mythology. “This event allows me to meet fellow scholars and learn more about the world,” he related. “I like learning things I had never heard of before.”

Located in the North Carolina foothills, Gardner-Webb University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university. Gardner-Webb emphasizes a strong student-centered experience and rigorous academics to prepare students to become effective leaders within the global community. Ignite your future at Gardner-Webb.edu.