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Volume 68, Issue 45, Monday, October 28, 2002


Ten UH smarties advance to Southwest College Bowl

By Kristen Young
The Daily Cougar

Seven College Bowl teams flexed their trivia muscles Saturday, spending the day competing in a game of academic knowledge. 

The top five individual competitors will advance to the regional level.

The finals were won by a tiebreaker. Team 7 secured first place, with Team 6 squeezing into a close second.

Team 7 — senior Dave Riggs, pre-business sophomore Omar Zakaria and freshman Armando Rojas —won every game in the preliminary rounds. 

In the finals, Team 7's winning streak ended in the first round of competition, but it won the second and third matches to take the day.

Members of Team 6 were music junior Doug Shadle, chemical engineering sophomore Manasour AbdulBaki, Shava Sharma and freshman math major Ty Thomason. 

"It was pretty exciting when we lost the game," Thomason said.

"The last one was the pressure cooker," AbdulBaki said.

Along with the team competition, there are individual incentives for scoring as many points as possible. 

The five competitors who scored the most points individually will go on to compete at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos in February. They were juniors Manny Obmaces, accounting, and Shadle; sophomores Pranav Mehta, computer science, and Jason Richard, history; and Rojas.

Many of the competitors are veterans of similar competitions in high school and college.

"I did something like this in high school," Thomason said. "I don't know; I just really like the buzzer noises."

The College Bowl has created a following. 

Mehta will not only be attending the regional competition in San Marcos, but was also chosen to be the student director for the UH College Bowl because of his previous experience as a competitor. Sharma has plans for returning to compete as well.

"I would say that most likely I'll be doing this again next year," Sharma said. 

Laura Johnson, the staff advisor for the College Bowl at UH and marketing coordinator for the University Center, supervised the event.

"I thought it went awesome," Johnson said. "I was excited about the competition. We had some really enthusiastic teams."

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