McNick’s Academic Team finished their 2016-2017 season after their last tournament on February 25. Teachers Julia Muething and John Chadwell coached the team this year, and team co-captains were seniors Liz Beck and Jared Taylor, who have been on the team since their freshman year.
The Varsity Academic Team finished fourth place in Division B with a record of five wins and seven losses. The Reserve Team finished in second place, with a record of five wins and three losses.
Muething joined Academic team as a McNick sophomore in 2000, and started coaching the team when she returned to teach in 2010. This season was Chadwell’s first time as coach, taking over for former social studies teacher Michelle Semancik. “I am proud of the team and saw leadership from the seniors,” Chadwell said.
Sophomore Colin Duncan felt proud of himself after his first season on Academic Team. “I feel like for a first-time player I did relatively decent,” Duncan said. “I felt like a team player and that I was a part of the team.”
Beck felt they did well this season. “Varsity worked together to learn different categories of knowledge to be better prepared for the matches,” she said.
Muething and Chadwell encourage students to join Academic team. “There is no pressure. You don’t have to commit if you feel like you’re not ready.” Chadwell said.
“Anyone who likes Jeopardy or quiz games should think about joining Academic Team!” Muething said. “We will have an informational meeting at the beginning of next school year, or interested students can always ask me, Mr. Chadwell, or any of our current team member’s questions. It’s so much fun!”
Academic Team ended their season on February 25. The Varsity Academic Team finished fourth place in Division B and the Reserve Team finished in second place.