Carmel (IN)

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Carmel High School


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Location: 520 E. Main Street
Carmel, IN 46032
State: Indiana
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Club President Archit Kalra, Jordan Seigel
Coaches Matthew Cinkoske
State Championships 1
National Championships 0
National Appearances 3
Program Status Active
School Size 5,414 students (2020-21)
Social Media @carmelquizbowl

Carmel High School is a large public high school located in Carmel, Indiana. Its quiz bowl team, which first became seriously active in 2018, has quickly become one of the best in the country.

History

Carmel's Quizbowl team was originally named the Academic Competition Team (A.C.T.). The A.C.T. played in the Westfield Insurance Brain Game, and notably came runner-up in 2012. One year after the Brain Game's cancelation in 2017, the head coach of Carmel's A.C.T. left, causing the A.C.T. to become the Quizbowl team with the introduction of coaches James Hambley and Shawn Curtis and through actions by club president Justin Yu and seniors Joey Heerens and Andrew Sleugh to reform the Quizbowl club entering the 2018-19 season.

Results

2018-19 Season

The A Team at the 2019 HSNCT in Atlanta, Georgia.
A Team

Akash Bhowmik, Justin Yu, Joey Heerens, Anthony Ou, Gary Zhang

B Team

Raphael Li, Jeffery Tan, Kyle Zheng, James Zhang, Audrey Satchivi, Andrew Sleugh, Austin Guo

Season Summary

The Greyhounds kicked off the season at Northmont High School in Clayton, Ohio by placing 11th at the Thirteenth Annual Rowdy Raider Tournament. Following a decent placement for a first-year Quizbowl club, the Greyhounds went to the New Trier Varsity Tournament at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, where Carmel's A Team became infamous among Quizbowl rankings analysts for participating on the Sun God set and requiring manual adjustment of Carmel's GrogerScore[1]. Following a long drought of no tournaments, Carmel competed at the 2019 NAQT State Quiz Bowl Championship, where Carmel's A Team finished runner-up, qualifying for nationals, and the B Team made a surprising finish at 4th. To wrap up the season, Carmel sent 8 players to compete as the A Team to the 2019 HSNCT, where the Greyhounds finished 155th and didn't make playoffs.

Tournament Date A Team Place B Team Place
Thirteenth Annual Rowdy Raider Tournament 12/1 11th
New Trier Varsity Tournament 12/15 10th 43rd
2019 NAQT Indiana State Championship 3/9 2nd 4th
2019 HSNCT 5/24-5/26 155th

2019-20 Season

The A and B Team both taking the dub in a White River Academic League game at University High School in early 2020.
A Team

Akash Bhowmik, Archit Kalra, Austin Guo, James Zhang, Colin Zou

B Team

Nolan Jones, Neal Joshi, Shrithan Sandadi, Harry Zheng, Kevin Wang, Krish Jayarapu, Jordan Seigel

Free Agency

CHS underwent a major rebuilding process with the loss of many of its senior veterans. Among the new recruits were freshmen Archit Kalra, Harry Zheng, and Jordan Seigel, sophomores Shrithan Sandadi, Kevin Wang, Krish Jayarapu, and Nolan Jones, and junior Neal Joshi.

Season Summary

The Greyhounds started off the season qualifying for HSNCT at the Class Act High School Invitational in Louisville, Kentucky, with the A Team placing 4th overall. Following Class Act, the Hounds went to Northmont High School in Clayton, Ohio to compete in the Rowdy Raider Invitational, where A Team would finish 13th place. The Hounds would follow up by travelling to Clermont Northeastern High School in Batavia, Ohio to compete in the Southwestern by Northeastern Tournament, where A Team finished first against Little Miami C in the finals, the team that prevented B Team's HSNCT qualification by defeating them in the quarterfinals. After a huge victory for A Team and a narrow defeat for B Team, the A Team went to Tri Junior-Senior High School in Straughn, Indiana for the IASP Indiana State Regionals, qualifying for the IASP Indiana State Quiz Bowl Championship with a decisive first-place finish. Following the major win at Regionals, the Hounds traveled to William Mason High School in Mason, Ohio to compete in the Mason Mashup Invitational, where A Team grabbed the first-place finish and B Team would finish 3rd. At the IASP Indiana State Quiz Bowl Championship, the A Team would finish 3rd overall, marking an end to the 2019-20 season for the Greyhounds as the 2020 HSNCT would be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tournament Date A Team B Team
Class Act High School Invitational 11/23 4th 15th
Fourteenth Annual Rowdy Raider Invitational 12/7 13th 26th
Southwestern by Northeastern Tournament 12/14 1st 5th
IASP Indiana State Regionals Straughn 1/25 1st
Mason Mashup Invitational 2/29 1st 3rd
IASP Indiana State Quiz Bowl Championship 3/7 3rd

2020-21 Season

A Team

Akash Bhowmik, Archit Kalra, Austin Guo, James Zhang, Colin Zou

B Team

Nolan Jones, Neal Joshi, Harry Zheng, Kevin Wang, Jordan Seigel

C Team

Shravan Chengalva, Lucca Mo, Raymond Pan, Matthew Rao, Eric Yang

D Team

Canaan He, Jack Liu

E Team

Shrithan Sandadi

Free Agency

Before the 2020 free agency, CHS announced the creation of three new teams: the C Team, the D Team, and the E Team. The C Team signed freshman Shravan Chengalva, sophomores Lucca Mo, Eric Yang, and Matthew Rao, and junior Raymond Pan. The B Team attempted to trade Jordan Seigel and a 2025 first-round pick to the C Team in return for Raymond Pan, but the trade was nullified by NAQT for "Quizbowl reasons." Archit Kalra signed a 3-year, $90 million extension with the A Team, becoming the highest paid player in Quizbowl history. Nolan Jones, affected by the tragic loss of Nolan James, decided to take his talents to South Beach and join the B Team in his ESPN-exclusive documentary "The Quizision", joining forces with Neal Joshi and Harry Zheng to form a Big Three. However, the B Team would lose their first option player in Shrithan Sandadi to the E Team, with Sandadi signing a 2-year, $30 million contract with the expansion franchise. The last expansion franchise, the D Team, signed Jack Liu on a $2, 2-year contract and Canaan He on a $5, 3-year contract, and are expected to become the first team in Quizbowl history to lose every match this coming 2020-21 season.

Season Summary

The Hounds spent the first half of the season playing online tournaments in the Great Lakes area near Indiana, with a notable win at Class Act and coming runner-up to Russell at Purdue Buzzathon. In the start of 2021, the B Team shocked the Carmel program by winning Country Roads Invitational in Pennsylvania, with A Team placing third and both teams qualifying for the 2021 HSNCT. Soon after, Carmel came runner-up at DART Mainsite under the team pseudonym "Imperial College of Engineering" as a nod to the famous film 3 Idiots. After a dominant performance at Indiana state regionals, the Hounds fell in two close games to St. Joseph in the Indiana State finals to come runner-up for the second time in Carmel's history. The Hounds rebounded heavily come nationals season, with the A Team placing 8th and the B Team placing 31st at the 2021 HSNCT. The Hounds would officially end the 2020-21 Season placing 5th at the 2021 ONCT. Carmel players Akash Bhowmik, Archit Kalra, and Shrithan Sandadi represented Indiana at the 2021 NASAT, finishing 22nd overall in Indiana's first showing at NASAT in seven years.

# Denotes team pseudonym
Tournament Date A Team B Team C Team
University of Kentucky Fall Championship 10/10 4th 7th
Class Act High School Invitational 12/5 1st 5th
Purdue Boilermaker Buzzathon V 12/19 2nd 6th 19th
Country Roads Invitational 1/9 3rd 1st 13th
Detroit Academic Regular Tournament 1/16 2nd#
IASP Indiana State Regionals Indiana Academy 1/23 1st
SATURNALIA @ UIUC 2/6 5th 11th
BHSAT XXX 2/27 4th 9th
IASP Indiana State Quiz Bowl Championship 3/6 2nd
Gopher Spring Tournament 3/13 3rd 5th 13th
TAILS EST Tournament 4/3 4th
ACRONYM 14 Online Championship 5/8 30th 40th
AQBL May: Saturday 5/8 1st
2021 HSNCT 5/29-5/30 8th 31st
TRASH @ ONCT 6/25 1st 7th
2021 ONCT 6/26-6/27 5th

2021-22 Season

A Team

Akash Bhowmik, Austin Guo, Nolan Jones, Archit Kalra, Raymond Pan, Shrithan Sandadi

B Team

Anna Liao, Anthony Pho, Jordan Seigel, Harry Zheng, Colin Zou

C Team

Shravan Chengalva, Brian Pho, Matthew Rao, Lily Shukla, Chris Xu, Eric Yang

D Team

Tanay Acharya, Noah Kahn, Safin Khatri, Kevin Hu

F Team

Canaan He, Labeeb Hossain, Jack Liu

Season Summary

The 2021-2022 season marked the senior season for most of Carmel's A Team, making it a make-or-break year for many unfinished accomplishments and accolades, namely winning a state title. In the first half of the season, the Hounds notably clinched first at Reinstein Open and won Purdue Boilermaker Buzzathon under the pseudonym "Lemrac". Following these big victories, the Hounds went undefeated at Indiana State Regionals and the IASP Indiana State Quiz Bowl Championship, becoming state champions for the first time in the program's short history. At the 2022 HSNCT in Atlanta, Georgia, the Hounds finished the preliminary rounds with the "1" card, notably defeating eventual tournament runner-up Hunter in a 3-1 placement match after their team arrived, eventual tournament champions DCC, and the final undefeated team of the tournament, 9-0 Arcadia, in the final round of prelims. Following an amazing first day of play, the Hounds ended 15th after a controversial loss to DCC and an upset by Livingston in the losers' bracket.

* Denotes JV result
# Denotes team pseudonym
Tournament Date A Team B Team C Team D Team
Hicksville Invitational 11/20 2nd 3rd 3rd 3rd*
Purdue Boilermaker Buzzathon VI 12/11 1st# 2nd#
Reinstein Open 12/18 1st 12th 9th* 31st*
Nationwide Novice Tournament 1/22 10th 8th*
IASP Indiana State Regionals Online 1/22 1st
JP Stevens Bird Hole Tournament 2/12 1st 4th 12th
IASP Indiana State Quiz Bowl Championship 3/5 1st
DART II Nationwide 4/16 2nd 8th 15th 23rd
Boilermaker Spring Tournament 4/30 2nd 3rd
2022 HSNCT 5/28-5/29 15th 173rd 201st

2022-23 Season

A Team

Archit Kalra, Jordan Seigel, Eric Yang, Anthony Pho, Brian Pho, Anna Liao

B Team

Tanay Acharya, Anjali Prasad, Lily Shukla, Aayush Singh, Karthik Varigonda, Chris Xu

C Team

Noah Kahn, Safin Khatri, Aarush Krishna, Matthew Rao

D Team

Kewani Assefa, Nate Martin, Varun Rao, Alex Tang

F Team

Canaan He, Labeeb Hossain, Jack Liu