In a back-and-forth contest decided in the final minutes by the last question of a three-question tie breaker, Jesuit High School of New Orleans took home the National WWII Museum Quiz Bowl championship March 17, defeating Central High School of Baton Rouge for the title.
The Jesuit team comprised Andrew Cerise, Connor Martinez and Daniel Puente, all seniors. Social studies and history instructor Cyril M. Lagvanec II is the faculty adviser.
It was Jesuit’s first year making it to the finals in the event, which is in its 12th year. It also was the first time the regular rounds have ended in a tie, said Kenneth Hoffman, the WWII Museum’s education director.
Jesuit’s “Enola Jays” denied Central its fourth straight win. Central team members are Noah Grandy, Lucas Leqoc and Brantley Pike, also all seniors.
Preliminary rounds of the event, which was sponsored by The Advocate, began in February, including 18 schools from across Louisiana. Those rounds, held at the New Orleans museum, whittled down the contestants to the two finalists, who competed on live TV at the Cox studios in Harahan before an audience of about 25 people, mostly family and friends.
Hoffman was quiz master for the event. Questions ranged from battle dates and locations to facts about colorful people and song titles of the era.
Rebroadcasts of the finals will air several times in the coming weeks on Cox Channel 4 in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette.