Kevin Lang

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Kevin Lang
Noted subjects History, Geography, Science, Mythology, assorted others
Current college N/A
Past colleges Truman State University (2009-2010)
High school Tarkio (2005-09)
Stats HDWhite • NAQT

Kevin Lang was a member of the Truman State Academic Competition Organization during his freshman year of college. In high school, he was a member of three teams that qualified for the MSHSAA state championships and captain of his high school varsity team for three years.

Playing History

High School


Kevin attended a few 'practices' in junior high, but did not compete in any quiz bowl competitions before his freshman year of high school.

Kevin started attending quiz bowl practices during his freshman year of high school. The first matches Tarkio played that year were conference meets in February. As the only freshman available, Kevin played on the junior varsity team against Fairfax and Rock Port at Tarkio. Both Tarkio teams won all of their matches, but the junior varsity team defeated Rock Port's varsity by thirty points more than the Tarkio varsity. After another tri-meet against West Nodaway and South Holt, Kevin was moved up to the varsity team before the tri-meet against Mound City and Nodaway-Holt. Kevin would remain on the varsity team for the rest of his high school career. Tarkio won the 2006 Highway 275 Conference championship after defeating Mound City, and Kevin was one of two people from Tarkio on the all-conference team. Mound City defeated Tarkio in the small school division final of the 2006 Savannah invitational tournament, but Tarkio won the 2006 Class 1 District 8 championships at South Holt by defeating Mound City after having won every match that day. Kevin was one of two people from Tarkio who were all-district individuals. At the 2006 MSHSAA State Championship, Tarkio got 2nd place in Class I to Thomas Jefferson Independent after a misread bonus resulted in a new question being read. Thomas Jefferson answered all of the bonuses on the penultimate question correctly, and Kevin's attempt to answer the final question about a Canadian newspaper resulted in Thomas Jefferson Independent's winning the final match of the championship by 15 points.


  • All-Conference Medalist
  • All-District Medalist
  • 5th place Class 1 All-State Team (5.8 questions per game average)


The graduation of the rest of the varsity team resulted in Kevin being appointed captain of Tarkio's varsity team, a position he would hold for the remainder of his high school career. Tarkio was moved up to Class II for the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 seasons. A team composed entirely of sophomores from Tarkio competed at the 2006 Missouri Western History Bowl, taking 2nd place to Savannah.

The Tarkio varsity won the 275 Conference championship again in 2007. Tarkio's varsity also won the small schools division of the 2007 Savannah invitational tournament. Tarkio won the Class II District 8 Championship after defeating Hamilton in overtime in the semi-finals and North Platte in the final match. At the 2007 MSHSAA State Championship, Tarkio got 3rd place after being defeated by Richland and defeating Barstow.


  • 1st place All-Conference Team
  • 1st place All-District Team
  • 2nd place Class 2 All-State Team (12.33 questions per game average)


At the 2007 Missouri Western History Bowl, Tarkio got 3rd place to Savannah's 2nd place and North Kansas City's 1st place. Tarkio won the 2008 275 Conference championship after a loss to Mound City and climbing back from the second bracket to narrowly defeat Mound City and defeat Rock Port twice. Tarkio won the small schools division of the 2008 Savannah Invitational tournament after defeating St. Joseph Christian. At the 2008 Class II District 8 Championship, Tarkio was defeated in the semi-finals by North Platte after a tie match when Kevin negged on the final tiebreaker question.


  • 1st place All-Conference Team
  • 1st Place All-District Team (19 questions per game average)


Tarkio returned to Class 1 for the 2008-2009 season and won the 2008 Missouri Western History Bowl after losing a match to Savannah, and then narrowly defeating Savannah by one question (5 points) in the tiebreaker round. Tarkio won the 2009 275 Conference Championship after narrowly defeating Rock Port. Tarkio won the 2009 Class 1 District 16 Championship after defeating St. Joseph Christian, and won Sectionals by defeating North Andrew. Tarkio won the Class 1 2009 MSHSAA State Championship after winning all of its matches and defeating Leeton in the championship round.

After applying to compete in the 2009 NAQT HSNCT, Tarkio qualified for the 2009 HSNCT by winning MSHSAA State. At the 2009 HSNCT, Tarkio got 116th out of 192 overall and 8th place in the small schools division with a 5-7 record after qualifying for the playoffs, but being defeated twice in the playoffs by White Cloud.


  • 1st place All-Conference Team
  • 1st place All-District Team (17 questions per game average)
  • 1st place Class 1 All-State Team (15.4 questions per game average)
  • NAQT HSNCT All Star (20th All-Star, 21st overall individual)



Kevin was invited to the first ACO practice of the 2009-2010 year by Kent Buxton. He first competed on the college level at EFT IV at UIUC, getting 25th individually out of 92 while playing on a team with a record of 4-8. Kevin next competed at ACF Fall at the University of Missouri, where he was on a team that, after defeating them in the preliminaries and being defeated by the same team in the playoffs, lost a tiebreaker to WUSTL. As a result of winning the tiebreaker match, WUSTL took the 2nd place, undergraduate, and division II titles of the tournament. He also took 8th place individually at ACF Fall 2009. At ACF Winter 2010 at Missouri State, Truman A got 3rd place. At the 2010 Region 11 NAQT SCT at Missouri State, Truman A took 1st place in Division II with eleven wins and one loss, qualifying the team for the 2010 NAQT ICT. At the ICT, three team members (Kevin, Kevin Robb, and Jared) got 24th out of 32 teams after defeating Illinois and Arizona State and winning a tiebreaker round against Wisconsin. Kevin got 33rd out of 123 individuals.


  • 4th place individual at ACF Winter
  • 3rd place Division II individual at NAQT Regionals