A Dream Team took down the money at the 14th annual of Corporate Bowl on Tuesday, March 20.
The S'Burbians cruised to the title and the $2,000 top prize with 275 points to beat The Help (140 points) and Team Recount (95) in the final match of the quiz bowl contest that matched students' knowledge in core curricular areas.
John Turner and Bri Gibney repeated their win from last year, when they were a part of Macroscopic DeBroglians. Matt Osinski joined the winning team after winning third-place money last year as a member of The Gray Matters. Diana Boulden's team ran into last year's winners in the semifinals and came within one right answer of advancing to the finals.
Turner called the win "incredible. Back-to-back wins is unbelievable."
"This was kind of a dream team," said Boulden after the competition. "At the end of last year's Corporate Bowl, we all kind of got together and said, 'All right, you, me, all of you.'"
Gibney said "having Mrs. Ernst as a history teacher" was a secret to the team's success.
"I am just ecstatic and I'm so proud of everyone else," Boulden said, thanking what she called the team fan club in the audience.
The event began with preliminary rounds on March 13 with 27 four-student teams going head-to-head in the quiz show format.
"Everyone thinks you can win," Turner said of the annual strong turnout of students battling for scholarship money raised from corporate donations by the Grand Island School and Business Alliance. "Anyone has a shot."
The semifinals began Tuesday's action, with nine teams vying for $3,600 in scholarship money on the table.
In semifinal match No. 1, Team Recount (Alex Ahne, Zach Smith, Josh Miller, and Jon Voyzey) was dominant, scoring 225 points, beating False with 15 points, and The Bakers with a -15.
In semifinal match No. 2, The Help (Matt Foote, Ben Smith, Mike Giambra, and Kevin Salonek) moved on to the finals with a winning score of 125 points, taking out Les Misses with 75 points, and Team Titans with 45 points.
In semifinal match No. 3, The S'Burbians off the strength of both grab bag rounds won the match, earning a total of 265 points, overpowering The Illuminati Hotties with 145 points, and the Upper East Siders with -100 points.
The winners were grateful for the opportunity to compete, both for competitive and financial reasons.
"Who doesn't want to brag how smart they are," Osinski said, but adding "money helps a little bit. Even community college now is a ton of money."
"It's an incredible opportunity. Thank you so much GISBA," Gibney added. "Thank you so much to everyone who contributed