GCCC Brain Bowl Students Qualify for Nationals

By: Carla Edwards, GCCC
By: Carla Edwards, GCCC

The Gulf Coast Community College Brain Bowl team won the Regional Brain Bowl Tournament that was held in Douglas, Georgia this past Saturday.

The win qualifies Gulf Coast to compete at the National Championship Tournament (NAQT), which will be held at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 13 and 14. This is the first time that Gulf Coast Community College has qualified for the National Tournament.

In addition to winning the Regional Tournament, the GCCC team placed three of the top players in the All-Star ranking. Students Justin Lee placed second overall in points scored, Christopher Austin placed fourth, and Nicole Maulden placed ninth.

The team held a perfect record of fourteen wins and no losses against teams from Georgia and Northern Florida.

The Gulf Coast team is comprised of Team Captain Nicole Maulden, Christopher Austin, Justin Lee, Jessica Rigdon and Ashley Notz. Team coaches include Dean Burbank, Tonia Lawson, Dan Finley and graduate assistant Jeff Yawn.

Brain Bowl is an academic competition in which students from Florida community colleges play each other. Matches consist of 44 academic questions drawn from humanities, mathematics, natural sciences and social sciences.

Students score points when they answer questions correctly. The highest scoring team wins the match.

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