The Academic Team is an organization at Altus Intermediate School created for students who wish to participate competitively in the Quiz Bowl team format. A team consists of 4 to 5 players at one time (plus substitutes who can swap in during a round) on the buzzers who can ring in when they have the answer to a toss-up question. After answering a toss-up correctly, teams work together to come up with an answer to related bonus questions.
The Academic Team participates in a number of meets during the school year. A season is usually about 5 or 6 evenings of matches, held either at AIS or at the opponent's school.
During practices, we conduct research on the competition topics: Math, English/Literature, Social Studies, Science, and Wild Card (which often includes fine arts, sports trivia, current events). We also conduct practice rounds where we break in to smaller teams and compete against ourselves. Knowing both the subjects and knowing about the flow of a round is important to having a successful tournament.