2005 NAC

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2005 National Academic Championship
Champion Holland Hall
Runner-up El Paso
Third Russell
Fourth Byram Hills
High scorer Matt Pargeter of Holland Hall (MVP)
Editor/s Questions Unlimited
Site Loyola University in New Orleans (May 28-31), Marymount University in Arlington, VA (June 3-6), and Embassy Suites O'Hare in Chicago (June 10-13)
Field
Stats

Holland Hall, the New Orleans champion, won the final 360-285 over El Paso. Holland Hall had won one semifinal 365-235 over Byram Hills, and El Paso had won the other 285-290 against DC champions Russell.

Tournament Events

After eleven previous visits to the city, this was the last NAC for a few years to take place fully or partially in New Orleans. The 2006 tournament was not announced until several weeks after Hurricane Katrina, so it is unknown whether the effects of the hurricane caused the move, or if it had been planned beforehand. A New Orleans site was once again held for the 2009 NAC, and every year since then.

Matt Pargeter was put into the NAC Hall of Fame after this tournament. Additionally, the tournament summary says "Brad Rutter also entered the NAC Hall of Fame this year, honored for his dominating performance with Manheim Township in 1994-95 and, of course, his big Jeopardy! wins in 2002 and 2005."

Smoky Mountain Home School and Shanghai American School were both named "Rookie of the Year."

St. Joseph's coach Ben Dillon was acknowledged in the summary as receiving "credit for this year's massive NAC rulebook revision." For comparison, the old rules and revised rules.

Questions

Some questions from this tournament:

"Samson died by pulling down the Philistine temple in which city?"

"What did a head of state describe on April 25 as 'the greatest geopolitical catastrophe' of the 20th Century?"

"Which four United States Presidents are not buried in the United States?"

"Our Lady of Gethsemani is America's largest abbey of which silent monks?"

  • Bonus. You must give your responses in the form of a question.
  • (5) Brad Rutter defeated him head-to-head to replace him as the top alltime moneywinner in game show history.
  • (10) Brad says the only crazy thing he did with his million-dollar winnings back in 2002 was buy this fancy German sports car.
  • (15) In 1994 and 1995, Brad competed and, of course, excelled, at the National Academic Championship and during the contestant interviews, he told Chip Beall he wanted to do THIS for a living.
  • (20) Brad was working as a record store clerk in 2000 when his alma mater, this Pennsylvania school, won the National Academic Championship.

Field

The 114-team field, as ranked on the QU website.

  • 1. Holland Hall Upper School
  • 2. El Paso High School
  • 3. Russell Independent High School
  • 4. Byram Hills Team A
  • 5. Clear Lake High School
  • 6. Horace Greeley A
  • 7. Smoky Mountain Homeschool
  • 8. Booker T. Washington
  • 9. Harrison A
  • 10. Chaska High School
  • 11. Pingry - A Team
  • 12. Plano Senior High School
  • 13. Elizabethtown Area High School
  • 14. Irvington HS Team A
  • 15. Saint Thomas Academy
  • 16. Smithtown High School
  • 17. Scripps Ranch High School
  • 18. Latin School of Chicago
  • 19. Manheim Township High School
  • 20. Plano East High School
  • 21. Madison Central High School Team A
  • 22. Kamiakin High School
  • 23. St. Joseph's High School
  • 24. Irvington HS Team B
  • 25. Rockford Auburn High School
  • 26. New Milford Waramaug A
  • 27. Hempfield High School
  • 28. Hastings High School
  • 29. Charter School of Wilmington
  • 30. Onslow High School
  • 31. Seton Hall Preparatory School
  • 32. Harrison B
  • 33. Shanghai American School
  • 34. White Plains Team B
  • 35. Fisher Catholic High School
  • 36. East High School - Varsity
  • 37. Hamilton SE High School Team A
  • 38. Daviess County High School
  • 39. Knoxville West High School
  • 40. Fairfield Community High School
  • 41. Cambridge-South Dorchester HS
  • 42. Kellenberg Memorial
  • 43. Penn Manor High School
  • 44. Pingry - B Team
  • 45. Kinkaid High School
  • 46. Poquoson High School
  • 47. Jefferson Forest HS
  • 48. Delaware Valley High School
  • 49. Old Saybrook High School
  • 50. Lenape High School
  • 51. Owosso High School
  • 52. Lampeter-Strasburg High School
  • 53. Queensbury High School
  • 54. Hershey HS
  • 55. Ithaca HS
  • 56. Edgemont High School Team B
  • 57. East High School - JV
  • 58. Apollo High School
  • 59. Elida High School
  • 60. Ridgeland High School
  • 61. Alief Hastings High School
  • 62. Fort Ann Central School
  • 63. Garden City High School
  • 64. New Milford Waramaug B
  • 65. Blue Valley North HS
  • 66. White Plains Team A
  • 68. Parkersburg High School
  • 69. Boyd County High School
  • 70. High Technology HS
  • 71. Edgemont High School Team A
  • 72. Jackson Prep
  • 73. Syosset Team A
  • 74. John Cooper School
  • 75. New Rochelle HS
  • 76. Edina High School
  • 77. Horace Greeley B
  • 78. Jesuit High School
  • 79. Lancaster High School
  • 80. Hamilton SE High School Team B
  • 81. Clark High School
  • 82. Ripley High School
  • 83. Clinton High School
  • 84. Skyview High School
  • 85. Vandebilt Catholic
  • 86. Tatnall School
  • 87. Kremlin-Hillsdale High School
  • 88. Manchester High School
  • 89. Plano West High School
  • 90. Brethren High School
  • 90. Socorro High School
  • 92. Hillsborough HS
  • 93. Team Wichita
  • 94. Boone High School
  • 94. Byram Hills Team B
  • 95. Middletown High School
  • 96. Lac Qui Parle Valley HS
  • 97. Bromfield School
  • 98. Rye Neck High School
  • 99. Robinson High School
  • 100. Lamar High School
  • 101. Algona High School
  • 101. Bishop Garrigan High School
  • 103. Grundy Center High School
  • 104. Alief Taylor High School
  • 105. Klein High School
  • 106. St. Croix Country Day School
  • 107. North HS Team A
  • 108. Madison Central High School Team B
  • 109. Greensboro Day School
  • 110. Faulkton Area High School
  • 111. Northridge HS
  • 112. North HS Team B
  • 113. Syosset Team B
  • 114. Antonito High School

See Also

Links

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