The J. P. Stevens quiz bowl team (currently known as the STARS) is a team that competes at the state level. It has made Top 16 3 times in a row in the Bridgewater-Raritan Invitational Tournament of Excellence (BRITE) and was a quarterfinalist in 2007.
The Rutgers Academic Challenge Years
The team was originally known as the Rutgers Academic Challenge team.
The STARS Years
At around the end of the 2006 academic school year, the JPS team was named STARS. The team name stands for "Stevens' Tough and Rough Scholars".
Later, the STARS took part in the NAQT at Rutgers. Despite undermanned to a point where they were unable to have a full team, the STARS managed to win 4 of 12 games.
Finally that year, the STARS sent two teams to take part in BRITE. However, after both teams advanced to the Top 16 after the playoffs, they were matched up against each other in the next game. The winning team advanced to the quarterfinals where they were defeated by North Brunswick High School.
The STARS participated in the NAQT at Princeton. However, they were quite soundly defeated and were unable to advance past the playoffs.
Later, they once again took part in BRITE. The STARS once again managed to make the Top 16 before getting eliminated.
In 2012, J.P. Stevens Quiz Bowl was revived. Featuring players like future Jeopardy Teen Tournament Champion Jeff Xie and Team Captains Andy Shi and Vishal Baloor, the team played at The Eleventh Annual Joseph Bookstaber Memorial Tournament. They also qualified for HSCNT in 2012, placing 5th at NAQT New Jersey State championships. In 2013, the team once again competed at NAQT New Jersey State Championships, though they placed 16th.
In 2017, J.P. Stevens Quiz Bowl was brought back once again, this time under former National Geography Bee Champion Karan Menon. Karan Menon would finish as the strongest player in J.P. Stevens QuizBowl history. They placed 13th at East Brunswick Funfest IV, and 5th at NACs in Washington DC. Next year, despite losing their best player, the J.P. Stevens QuizBowl team placed 5th East Brunswick Funfest IV, under the strong play of newcomer Allen Wang, junior Vice President Joseph George, and seniors Harini Raghavan and President Divyesh Trivedi. The following year, the team will be captained by Joseph George and Allen Wang.