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May 24-May 27:  The Auburn Scholastic Bowl team was in Atlanta this past weekend to compete at the NAQT High School National Championship Tournament. They finished in 8th place with a 12-4 record.  The team was led by Ethan Strombeck and included Lilly Chavez, Leif Verace and Justin Abel. Ethan also placed 1st among all the competitors with the highest PPG of 115.86 in the preliminary rounds.

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   The Auburn Scholastic Bowl team  competed in the Stateline Quiz Bowl finale against Belvidere High School on Friday, May 17th.  The Knights took an early lead and won their 5th straight title. The team was led by  Captain Ethan Strombeck and included Lilly Chavez, Leif Verace, Justin Abel  and Jacob Crowell.

The team will also be competing in the Tournament of Champions event that will be televised over the coming weeks, so be sure to tune in and see how they do.

National History Bee & Bowl

Three Scholastic Bowl team members competed in the National History Bee & Bowl held in Washington DC over the weekend.  The bowl team consisting of Ethan Strombeck (12), Justin Abel (10) and Luis Angeles (9) took 12th place out of 144 teams from across the country.

Ethan Strombeck advanced to the varsity semi-final rounds for the National History Bee and US History Bee, which are the two individual events the team also competed in.


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Auburn competed at the IHSA Sectionals at Belvidere High School on Saturday, March 9.  Auburn went undefeated to take their 18th straight  win at sectionals. The team consisted of Captain Ethan Strombeck (12), Leif Verace (12), Lilly Chavez (12),  Justin Abel (10), Luca Barba (11), Andy Granath (11) and Henry Thomas (11). 

Auburn will be competing at the IHSA State Tournament in Peoria on 3/15.


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 Auburn competed at the NAQT State tournament this weekend at UIUC.  They remained undefeated until the final round 12 where they lost to Steveson A.  They went into a disadvantaged final with Stevenson where they were able to win the next two rounds to take 1st place. The team consisted of Captain Ethan Strombeck (12), Leif Verace (12), Lilly Chavez (12) and Justin Abel (10).  Ethan also took top honors for the all-tournament team with the highest PPG of 139.

 Auburn’s Scholastic Bowl team was also honored at the NAQT Illinois State Championship tournament on Saturday 2/23/19, which was celebrating its’ 15th year.  Since Auburn first competed in 2008, they have taken home 7 first place finishes. Stevenson, who took the 2nd place award, has won twice. Auburn was able to add an 8th win by taking 1st place at the tournament on Saturday.


The NIC-10 conference frosh/soph tournament was held at Guilford on 2/20.  Auburn took first place with a 4-0 record.   The team included Justin Abel, Aiden Brinkmann, James Shields, Jap Gupta, Luis Angeles, Ashley Thammavong, Eduardo Rodriguez, Ayush Bhalavat, Nam Pham, Eddie Hoffman and Osaro Omozusi.

Justin took top honors and Aiden took 5th for the all-tournament team.

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Auburn Quiz Bowl Teams Finish 1 – 2

Oct. 13 at Winnebago Novice Tourney

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