Hotchkiss

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"Team Coldhug Polardogs"
(Hotchkiss Bearcats)
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Location:
Lakeville, Conn.
Club President Cooper Roh
Coaches Unknown (position vacant?)
State Championships 2019 (NHBB New England regional, JV division)
National Championships none
National Appearances Nat'l History Bowl: 2019, runner-up
Program Status Active
School Size approx. 635

The Hotchkiss history bowl & quizbowl program, from The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT, known as Team Coldhug, was established during the 2018-19 academic year. Though the "Polardogs" won the NHBB New England regional championship in their inaugural season, their most notable achievement to date came when freshman Cooper Roh carried them to a 2nd place finish at the 2019 National History Bowl finals in the JV division after an impressive "Cinderella" run in the tournament. They finished runners-up to a #1-ranked Hunter College A team that was led by Pedro Juan Orduz.

Hotchkiss earned a bid to, but did not attend, the 2019 edition of NAQT HSNCT.

Origin of "Coldhug" nickname

  • Their team nickname/pseudonym is a pun of sorts on the school's name, Hotchkiss. (Hotchkiss = "hot kiss" => "cold hug" = "Coldhug")
    • Additionally, the team's self-stylized 'official mascot', the "Polardogs", is probably a parody of Hotchkiss's actual athletics nickname, the Bearcats.

Current roster

Notable members include: