Colonel By

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Colonel By Secondary School
ColonelBy.jpg
Location:
Ottawa, ON
Club President None
Coaches Andrea Reiche
State Championships 2014 NAQT, 2015 NAQT
National Championships
National Appearances 2015 HSNCT
Program Status Active
School Size Unknown

Colonel By Secondary School (or simply CB for short) is a public school in Gloucester, Ontario, an eastern suburb of Ottawa. As the only English public school in the Ottawa area offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, Colonel By attracts bright students from across the city, giving the school a strong Quizbowl and Reach for the Top team.

Reach for the Top

Colonel By won its first city championship in 2005. It has remained a strong contender ever since, placing fourth at city regionals in 2012, and third in 2013. In 2014, Colonel By defeated Lisgar by 10 points in the final to claim the city championship. This was followed up by top 10 performace at the 2014 Reach Provincials. This appearance would turn out to be the school's last Reach tournament, as starting in the 2014-15 season, Colonel By stopped playing Reach and became a team entirely dedicated to Quizbowl.

Quizbowl

Colonel By began attending quizbowl events starting in 2010. Presently, it is one of the few Canadian schools, along with Bell and Lisgar, that focus primarily on Quizbowl rather than Reach. Colonel By now attends almost every single nearby high school tournament, in addition to most nearby collegiate tournaments.

The team rose to prominence in the 2012-13 season, placing second and third at the 2013 NAQT Ontario Provincial Championship, with sophomores Ted Gan and Cameron Amini placing as the top two scorers. In the 2013-14 season, Colonel By broke into the top 50 of HSQBRank for the first time. At the 2014 Provincials, the team went 12-0 to win their first provincial Quizbowl title, with Cameron Amini finishing as the #1 scorer.

Under the leadership of Ted Gan and Cameron Amini, the 2013-2014 Colonel By team became the highest ranked Canadian high school team ever and has only improved in the 2014-2015 season. Colonel By won its first official collegiate tournament when the team won the Eastern Canada mirror of ACF Fall in 2014. In March 2015, Colonel By went 11-0 to win their second straight provincial championship, winning the final against Lisgar on the final tossup with a power from Cameron Amini. As the last Quizbowl tournament in Ontario of the 2014-15 season, winning the final marked a two year undefeated streak in the Ontario Quizbowl circuit for Colonel By A's senior team on pyramidal questions versus high school competition.

Colonel By attended its first ever HSNCT in 2015, finishing tied for 21st place after being eliminated by eventual 4th place finishers IMSA. This was the highest standing ever achieved by a Canadian team at HSNCT, surpassing the previous record of t-25th achieved by Lisgar in 2006.

Current Team

  • Michelle Song (co-captain)
  • Lucia Wang (co-captain)
  • Bufan Wang

Alumni

  • Ted Gan '15 (Captain 2013-15)
  • Cameron Amini '15
  • Yana Brion '15
  • Isaac Cowan '15
  • Janusz Gacek '15
  • Anubhav Srivastava '15

Title Succession

NAQT Ontario Champion
Preceded by
Year
Succeeded by
Lisgar
2014, 2015
Lisgar