Miami Valley School

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The Miami Valley School
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Dayton, OH
Coaches Nathan Beckman (current), Kendra Chapman (2014-15), Mark Ash (2006-2014), Robert Flavin (until 2006)
State Championships None
National Championships SSNCT 2019
National Appearances HSNCT: 2008, 2009, 2017, 2018
SSNCT: 2017, 2018
PACE: 2017, 2018
Program Status Active
School Size 195 students
NAQT Page link

The Miami Valley School is an independent, college-preparatory day school in Dayton, Ohio. It also has a middle school program.


The Miami Valley School's high school quiz team has a somewhat sporadic history, with the program enduring dormant intervals between bursts of success.

In 1995-96, MVS captured the WHIO-TV High-Q Championship under the direction of coach Robert Flavin. In 2005-06, the team won another High-Q title under Flavin, defeating defending champion Tippecanoe in a come-from-behind victory. That squad was led by seniors John Nelson and Kevin Hendricks, with support from senior Peter Williams, juniors Rachel Atkins and Sarah Jacobs, and freshman Tyler Benedict.

MVS also holds two second-place finishes at High-Q, losing a rematch with Tippecanoe in 2006-07 and falling to defending champion Carroll in 2008-09. Miami Valley fell to Carroll's championship team in the 2007-08 Final Four.

Under advisor Mark Ash, Miami Valley qualified for HSNCT for the first time, finishing 5-5 in 2008. The squad was comprised of Tyler Benedict (captain), David Fulero, Alex Keen, Nate Rowland, Daniel Jacobs, and Danny Yanes.

MVS appeared at HSNCT for a second consecutive year in 2009, finishing 4-6 with a team of Benedict, Jacobs, Yanes, Akash Goyal, and Sam Guggenheimer.

In 2015-16, Miami Valley's high school program began to experience success once again, thanks to a strong freshman class including Max Mader, Elena Cebulash, Liam Burns, and Amay Kejriwal. The 2016-17 iteration of the team features new freshmen John John Groger, Jordan Bradstreet, Eleanor Peters, Shraya Sandhir, and Alex Misick. MVS won the 2016 Solon Fall Tournament, 2016 OAC Fall at Ohio State, Tippecanoe Academic Challenge XXI, 4th Annual Waverly Invitational, 2017 Miami Invitational at Miami University, and the 2017 Mason Mashup Invitational.

Miami Valley also sent two teams to the 2017 SSNCT, where they competed in the Charter & Private division. Miami Valley B (Jordan Bradstreet, Sahir Kabir, Alex Misick, Eleanor Peters, and Shraya Sandhir) went 7-5 and tied for 9th place, while Miami Valley A (John John Groger, William Groger, Amay Kejriwal, Max Mader) went 13-2 and finished in second place, with both losses coming against eventual champion St. Mark's. Three MVS players were in the top 10 for individual scoring: John John Groger (3rd), William Groger (6th), and Sahir Kabir (9th).

In September 2017, Miami Valley hosted its first tournament, the Miami Valley Fall Kickoff. Later in the season, Miami Valley hosted Give Thanks for Matt's Buzzers and the Groundhog Day Classic, the latter of which used WHAQ II, a set written in collaboration with Wahsington High School. Miami Valley sent two teams in the Open division of the 2018 SSNCT, where the A team (William Groger, Max Mader, and Amay Kejriwal) placed third and the B team (Jordan Bradstreet, Sahir Kabir, and Andrew Holzinger) finished 4-6. Miami Valley also competed in the 2018 HSNCT, finishing tied for 20th place, and the 2018 PACE NSC, finishing 34th overall and claiming the JV championship.