by Dwight Kidder, NAQT:
The move to social distancing caused many changes for students, but the changes also brought about new opportunities to shine on an international stage. Brody Johnson, a 10th-grader from Edmonson County High School, was one of 111 high school students competing online in Buzzword this season. But unlike their normal Quick Recall competitions, in which teams play face-to-face, Brody played from home as an individual.
Brody finished fifth in Season 4 Level A in the High School Division.
Buzzword is a web-based academic competition with divisions for middle school, high school, and college competitors. Players listen to recordings of questions being read and buzz in as soon as they think they know the answer. Correct answers are scored, with extra points are given for earlier buzzes. National Academic Quiz Tournaments created Buzzword to allow academic competitions to continue during social distancing. NAQT had to cancel most of its 2020 quiz bowl national championships, which collectively would have brought about 10,000 people together. Buzzword also has an Open Division for the general public.
If you are interested in playing Buzzword, whether you're a student or not, try a sample game and register at naqt.com/buzzword.
National Academic Quiz Tournaments, founded in 1996, organizes the premier middle school, high school, and college quiz bowl championships in North America. In addition to its national championships, NAQT provides questions to invitational tournaments, league championships, and television shows throughout the year. NAQT operates out of the Twin Cities and Kansas City, but its members mentor coaches, host tournaments, volunteer their services, and share their expertise across the United States.