|The Charter School of Wilmington|
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|State Championships|| 2002-2011, 2013, 2015 NAQT Delaware Championship |
2003-2008 Comcast Academic Challenge
|National Championships|| 2009 NSC |
|National Appearances|| HSNCT: 2003, 2005-2016 |
PACE NSC: 2008-2010, 2013-2015
The Charter School of Wilmington, often known simply as Wilmington Charter or Charter, is a school located in Wilmington, DE. The school opened in 1996, and its quiz team has existed since nearly its opening.
In the early years, the team was coached by Beenu Gupta. Because Mrs. Gupta also coached many other activities (e.g. Science Olympiad, Envirothon) she often had the team practice questions on their own. During this period the team was good, but not a powerhouse team.
In Fall of 2002, Bill Tressler left the Sanford School and joined the faculty of Charter as a computer programming instructor. Having a quizbowl background from his college years, Mr. Tressler proceeded to build the team. Charter grew from a handful of members to having over thirty, and even had to turn twenty or thirty students away at its height. The team was notorious for showing up to tournaments with 5 to 8 teams, and on multiple occasions has qualified up to six teams into playoffs of a tournament. Two tournaments that the team is particularly proud of are the 2006 NAQT State Tournament and 2006 Blue Hen. At the state tournament, there were 16 teams in attendance and Charter's five teams finished 1st through 5th. (This was subsequently repeated in 2008.) At the Blue Hen, Charter's teams took the top 3 spots, upsetting the top-seeded Gonzaga in the semi-final and then beating them again in the third place game. Tressler left in 2010.
Since 2011 the team has been coached by Christopher Kramer. Initially fading from national prominence after the graduation of Henry Gorman and later Alex Gross the team rose in the nationals rankings being lead by senior Jaimie Carlson and junior Varun Wadhwa in 2013-2014. Initially in the fall of 2014, the team had a poor showing at Princeton following the graduation of lead-scorer Jaimie and excellent science specialist and rap enthusiast Naman Agrawal. The team was mildly successful throughout the season while winning several tournament championships over regional rivals High Tech. The team underperformed in the latter half of the season after captain Varun Wadhwa lost motivation and repeatedly attempted to resign from the team. The A team returns 3 players for the 2015-2016 season and looks to outperform their tied for 21st finish at the 2015 HSNCT with a core built around noted geography and science specialist, Rohan Narayan.
The Charter A team subsquently tied for 8th at the 2016 HSNCT.
The first time the team ever traveled out of the state was to attend the 2003 HSNCT in Myrtle Beach. The team surprised many by making it to round 4 of Sunday's playoffs, and finished tied for 8th overall. This was followed up with 13th and 14th place finishes.
In 2006, Charter's B team ended perhaps the greatest record in HSNCT history. Though they only earned one playoff win before being eliminated in 25th place, Charter B defeated TJ A in the third preliminary match of the tournament. This snapped a 40-game winning streak that TJ had accumulated stretching all the way back to Myrtle Beach.
In 2014, Charter made it into the top 10 at PACE NSC marking their first return to the upper-levels of national competition in years and the JV Charter team took the first ever JV title.
In 2016, Charter A tied for 8th at HSNCT, their highest finish since the 2009 HSNCT.
Titles and achievements
- 1st place at the 2009 NSC
- 1st place at the 2009 NAQT HSNCT
- 2nd place at the 2008 NAC
- 2nd place at the 2008 NAQT HSNCT
- 3rd place at the 2008 NSC
- Blue Hen (University of DE) 5 titles: 2006-2009, 2015
- Comcast Academic Challenge (now defunct), 6 titles: 2003-2008
- Maryland 11 against open, college, and HS teams) 2007
- Maryland Fall Classic 2008
- NAQT Delaware Championship , 10 titles: 2002-03, 2005-11, 2013 (not held in '04, and thus the only school to ever win this tournament)
- Long Island Fall Tournament (NY) 2007, 2009, 2014
- QuAC (U Penn) 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015
- Princeton 2009
- Thomas Jefferson's TJIAT 2008, 2014.
- Thomas Jefferson's Winter 2009 MOHIT.
- THS 1137 (Temple University, PA) 2008
- Perry Hall 2012
- UD Fall 2013
- Haverford College Fall 2013
- Phoenixville High School Academic Tournament 2013 (B team defeated A team in the final)
- Hunter College Prison Bowl 2014
- Garden State Academic Challenge at St. Joseph High School 2015
- The Delaware Fall Open, hosted every December - Now called Charter School of Wilmington Invitational Fall Tournament (CSWIFT)
- 2006 and 2007 Mid-Atlantic TRASH Regionals
- Charter Challenge, a tournament for grades 5 through 8 hosted each year in early spring
Notable Current Players