Next Generation School
|Next Generation School|
|State Championships||2014 IESA|
|National Appearances||MSNCT: 2017|
Next Generation School is a private K-8 school in Champaign, Illinois. NGS was a major force in the middle school quizbowl scene in central Illinois during the mid 2010s.
In 2017, NGS competed in their first-ever pyramidal tournament, the 2017 Rockford Auburn Knights Challenge where they placed third in a competitive field of teams such as Keith Country Day, Barrington Station, and Quest Academy, which had much more pyramidal quizbowl experience. As a result, they were the first school to be recognized by NAQT as a NAQT Middle School Team of the Week during the week of January 7th, 2017.
In May of that year, NGS attended the 2017 MSNCT (their only good quizbowl nationals appearance to date). Led by future University of Illinois Lab teammates Lawrence Zhao and Andy Tang, they upset eventual champions Buffalo Grove Aptakisic (led by future Stevenson teammates Arjun Nageswaran, David Lee, and Daniel Ding) in the preliminary rounds and finished T-13th with a 9-4 record after being eliminated by Mounds Park.
After the departure of Lawrence and Andy to Uni Lab in 2017, the team has only played one other pyramidal tournament, and primarily competes in the IESA State Series and local conference meets.
- Tim Cho
- Lawrence Zhao
- Arjun Kala