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Northwest hosts Twelve academic competition

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Northwest hosts Twelve academic competition

Members of Northwest's Twelve academic team pose for a team picture.
Left to right: Garrett Eichlin, Garrett Brandt, Richard Pan, Teresa Pan, Christy Ma, Sarah Hudson

Members of Northwest's Twelve academic team pose for a team picture. Left to right: Garrett Eichlin, Garrett Brandt, Richard Pan, Teresa Pan, Christy Ma, Sarah Hudson

Franklin Wei

Members of Northwest's Twelve academic team pose for a team picture. Left to right: Garrett Eichlin, Garrett Brandt, Richard Pan, Teresa Pan, Christy Ma, Sarah Hudson

Franklin Wei

Franklin Wei

Members of Northwest's Twelve academic team pose for a team picture. Left to right: Garrett Eichlin, Garrett Brandt, Richard Pan, Teresa Pan, Christy Ma, Sarah Hudson

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Teams from high schools across the Triad gathered at Northwest on Nov. 17 for the ninth annual Twelve regional academic competition. With a quiz bowl-like format, Twelve is designed to challenge students with questions drawn from the North Carolina core curriculum, as well as wildcard categories such as sports and current events. Each team is composed of 12 students, who answer sets of 12 questions to score points. This year’s regional was the third hosted at Northwest, and Northwest’s sixth year competing in Twelve.

Northwest’s team of 12 students came in fourth place out of the eight teams at the regional, behind Atkins, Early College at Guilford, and STEM Early College at A&T. Of the 20 teams from across North Carolina that competed in regionals across the state, Northwest’s team placed eighth, qualifying it for the state finals.

English teacher and coach Lora Medley was pleased with the team’s performance.

“I am very proud of our team of students,” Medley said, “especially with three-fourths of the team being completely new to the Twelve competition. It was definitely a great day to be a Viking!”

Medley also made sure to thank the staff who made the event possible.

“I would also like to thank Mrs. Orr for all that she did to make today a success,” she said. “And Mr. Wertz and the student council for setting up concessions.”

“I think it was fun and a good experience,” Teresa said. “It was stressful for me because I thought I wouldn’t do well, but we ended up qualifying for states, which is good.”

The captain of the Atkins team, senior Thomas Ross, offered a favorable opinion of Twelve in general.

“I’m very proud of the high level of competition at Twelve,” Ross said. “It should be noted that all but one of the teams in our region advanced to the state competition. Twelve is my favorite competition because of the team atmosphere.”

Northwest’s team moves on to the state finals to be held Dec. 8, weather permitting.

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