The phaqt is . . .
. . . Phoenixville Area High School’s only nationally-competitive team.
Each morning, before school even begins, phaqt members gather in room D-10 to learn something new. During our many matches and tournaments (Schedule), we compete to answer questions in history, literature, science, math, current events, music, art, philosophy, and much more. Because many open tournaments are hosted by collegiate quiz teams, we travel and play each year on the campuses of several prestigious universities including Princeton, Penn, Haverford, and Yale.
During the 2012-13 school year, we travelled more than 2,000 miles and played teams from New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Georgia, California, Texas, Illinois, and even China. This season we will again face many of the top teams in the nation in the intense world of high school quiz bowl.
The phaqt was started in 2011, finishing 13th (out of 21 schools) in the Chester County Academic Competition league standings; last year, the team rose to 6th place. Meanwhile, the team competed in several open tournaments sponsored by NAQT. By spring, we had qualified for the National Championships in Atlanta, GA (read story). This season the team has set goals for a high finish in Chester County, Pennsylvania’s most competitive county, and a return to Nationals to be held in Chicago in June 2014.
If you’d like to learn more than you ever thought possible, stop by any morning before school, or ask Mr. McColl or Mr. Curley how to join the team. In the meantime, explore our website, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, tell your friends about us, and come watch one of our matches.