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GMS Quiz Bowl

Quiz bowl is a game in which two teams compete head-to-head to answer questions from all areas of knowledge, including history, literature, science, fine arts, current events, sports, and popular culture. The defining feature of quiz bowl is the use of a “buzzer system” (or, more formally, a “lockout device”) that lets players interrupt the reading of a question when they know the answer. That element adds a dimension of confidence, anticipation, and rapid recall to what is primarily a game about knowing facts. Those “tossup” questions are answered individually, but doing so earns one’s team a chance at a multipart “bonus” question. Bonus questions are worth more points and allow collaboration, but are generally more difficult.

Students are selected for the Gadsden Middle school quiz bowl team based on two rounds of tryouts in the early fall of each year. Students compete with local area middle schools, including Emma Sansom Middle School, Rainbow Middle School, Episcopal Day School, and many others, at fall scrimmage matches and at area tournaments at sites, such as Russellville Middle School, Arab Junior High School, Thompson Middle School, and Oak Park Middle School. The Gadsden Middle School quiz bowl team has a long record (10 years and counting!) of qualifying for the annual ASCA (Alabama Scholastic Competition Association) state tournament by winning are a tournaments or the district tournament.

The team qualified for and attended the NAQT (National Academic Quiz Tournaments) Middle School National Championship Tournament (MSNCT) in Dallas in 2015 and 2017, Atlanta in 2016 and 2014, and Chicago in 2012. We hope to attend nationals in Chicago in 2018, as well! The NAQT MSNCT hosts the top 160 teams in the nation.

To learn more about quiz bowl, please visit ASCA’s website.


  • Mrs. Megan Pentecost
  • Mr. Jacob Palmer