2001 NAC

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2001 National Academic Championship
Champion Irmo
Runner-up Walton
Third St. John's
Fourth Klein
High scorer Jonathan Hess of Irmo (MVP)
Editor/s Questions Unlimited
Site Loyola University in New Orleans (May 31-June 3), Marymount University in Arlington, VA (June 7-10), and Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA (June 14-17)
Field
Stats

Tournament Events

Reflecting the new demographics of high school quizbowl following the rise of NAQT, this tournament was dominated by teams from Texas and the Georgia-South Carolina corridor. Three Houston-area teams took spots in the New Orleans semifinals, where St. John's defeated NAQT Texas state champion Huntsville to win the trip to Malibu. Of the eighteen teams that made the playoffs at the HSNCT or NSC, St. John's was the only one who participated in the NAC.

Klein knocked Parkersburg out of the DC quarterfinals because of a math answer ruled wrong due to the "lowest terms" rule, and went on to win the DC phase and the second Malibu trip.

Both satellite winners were knocked out in the overall semifinals, setting up a final between Irmo and Walton.

Beall noted that the "bonus round" in the finals was the lowest-scoring bonus round ever read at the NAC, and provided these questions which both teams failed to answer:

1. Lloyd Douglas, a Lutheran pastor, wrote a novel titled The Big Fisherman. Which apostle is the main character?
2. Translate this opera titles into English: Die Gotterdammerung.
3. Provide the missing part: Length, width, depth, ------.
4. As he was being taken to be beheaded on orders of Henry VIII, Sir Thomas More said, "See me safe up onto the scaffold. For my coming down, let me shift for ..."
(Ans. Peter, Twilight of the Gods, Time, Myself)

Irmo won the final 410-240 over Walton in what Beall labeled "pretty much a virtuoso performance by Jonathan Hess, answering difficult questions in a wide variety of subjects: higher math, government, classical music, current events, geography (his specialty), and even auto mechanics." Hess was put into the NAC Hall of Fame after the tournament as a junior.

The Scripps Ranch team was named "Rookie of the Year."

On the tail end of the show's popularity, a "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" contest was held at the DC site.

Questions

Questions from this tournament included:

"Name the two U.S. Presidents who donated their salaries to charity."

"Which Shakespearean play did Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton do a film version of in 1967?"

"These cells close the openings during the darkness, when there is no need for carbon dioxide, and during the day they open and close the stomata as the carbon dioxide needs vary. Name these cells in a plant leaf that minimize the loss of water by transpiration."

Field

The 133-team field, as ranked on the Questions Unlimited site.

  • 1. Irmo
  • 2. Walton
  • 3. St. John's School (TX)
  • 4. Klein
  • 5. Caddo Magnet
  • 6. Huntsville
  • 7. Scripps Ranch
  • 8. Southside
  • 9. Redwood Valley
  • 10. Parkersburg
  • 11. Kinkaid
  • 12. Latin School of Chicago
  • 13. White Plains
  • 14. Hibbing
  • 15. Bellaire
  • 16. Hempfield
  • 17. Liberty
  • 18. Wilson (PA)
  • 19. Apollo
  • 20. Andover
  • 21. James Island
  • 22. Conway
  • 23. Booker T. Washington
  • 24. Edison A
  • 25. Plano
  • 26. Jesuit
  • 27. Fox Lane
  • 28. Manheim Township
  • 29. Dorman
  • 30. Lamar
  • 31. Ardsley
  • 32. Andrean
  • 33. Kellenberg Memorial
  • 34. North St. Paul
  • 35. Wilson (SC)
  • 36. West
  • 37. Coronado
  • 38. Livingston
  • 39. Defiance
  • 40. Plano East
  • 41. Kamiakin
  • 42. Aiken
  • 43. LBJ
  • 44. Rye
  • 45. Jesse H. Jones
  • 46. Woodland
  • 47. Vandebilt Catholic
  • 48. Horace Greeley
  • 49. St. Andrew's Episcopal
  • 50. Jacksonville
  • 51. East A
  • 52. Bloomfield
  • 53. Kennewick
  • 54. St. Joseph's
  • 55. Dana Hills
  • 56. Newark
  • 57. Parkland
  • 58. Turpin
  • 59. Briarcliff
  • 59. Fort Worth Country Day
  • 61. Ward Melville
  • 62. Edmond North
  • 62. Madison Central
  • 64. St. John's Prep (MA)
  • 65. Chaska
  • 66. Cooperstown
  • 67. Johnson Central
  • 68. Falconer Central
  • 69. Bridgewater-Raritan
  • 70. Clear Lake
  • 71. Brownsburg
  • 72. St. Mary's Memorial
  • 73. Loyola Academy
  • 74. Sterling
  • 75. Boone
  • 76. Cascade
  • 77. St. Pius X
  • 78. Sacred Heart
  • 79. Saratoga Springs
  • 80. Vero Beach
  • 81. Antilles
  • 81. East B
  • 81. Ponca City
  • 84. New London Spicer
  • 85. Shelton
  • 86. Queensbury
  • 87. Delaware Valley
  • 88. Riverside
  • 89. Thornton A
  • 90. Ysleta
  • 91. Enid
  • 92. Klein Forest
  • 93. Halls
  • 94. Waramaug
  • 95. Roseville
  • 95. Warwick
  • 97. Edgemont
  • 98. Pleasant Valley
  • 99. Owosso
  • 100. Bridge City
  • 101. Bromfield
  • 101. Ripley
  • 103. Shepton
  • 104. Ridgefield
  • 105. High Point
  • 106. Rye Neck
  • 107. Wallenpaupack
  • 108. Billings Skyview
  • 109. Del Norte
  • 110. Alief Hastings
  • 110. Desert Vista
  • 112. Lenape
  • 113. Parkersburg Catholic
  • 114. Lenape Valley
  • 115. Claremore
  • 116. Edison B
  • 117. Mann
  • 118. Pocono Mountain
  • 119. Sumter
  • 120. Wellington
  • 121. Northridge
  • 122. Tri-Valley
  • 123. Thornton B
  • 124. Garfield Heights
  • 125. Lancaster Mennonite
  • 126. Eureka
  • 127. Riverside Polytechnic
  • 128. Kremlin
  • 129. White Cloud
  • 130. Socorro
  • 131. Fairfield
  • 132. Carthage
  • 133. Bridgeport

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