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AHS HiQ team comes in 3rd at semifinals

From left, Arlington High School HiQ team sophomore Tyler Gjersee, junior Katie Nowlin, and seniors Krista Sparks and Hang Nguyen compete against teams from the Kamiak and Coupeville high schools, in the first half of the first round of the HiQ semifinals at the Everett Mall March 17. -
From left, Arlington High School HiQ team sophomore Tyler Gjersee, junior Katie Nowlin, and seniors Krista Sparks and Hang Nguyen compete against teams from the Kamiak and Coupeville high schools, in the first half of the first round of the HiQ semifinals at the Everett Mall March 17.
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EVERETT The Arlington High School HiQ team got shot down in the semifinals before they could compete in this years HiQ championship.
The AHS HiQ team was one of seven that made it to the March 17 semifinals, out of 19 high school teams from Snohomish and Island counties who began competing in January.
The semifinals at the Everett Mall divided six of the teams into two rounds of three teams each, so that each rounds winner could compete against Mariner High School in the championship March 21. The AHS HiQ team faced off against teams from the Kamiak and Coupeville high schools in the first round.
The first half of the hour-long round saw Arlington score a close third place to its competitors, racking up 13 points in comparison to Kamiaks 15 and Coupevilles 17. Arlington performed well in categories such as American history and geography, correctly identifying Henry Clay as the Speaker of the House of Representatives during the 1811 Congress, and the Atlas Mountains in Northern Africa. However, neither they nor their competitors could correctly answer any questions in the biology category, while Coupeville showed its knowledge of Othello and As You Like It in the Shakespeare category, and Kamiak solved every problem in the mathematics category.
While Arlington stayed close on Kamiaks heels in the second half, Coupeville widened its lead over its competitors.
Arlingtons knowledge of ancient Rome was on display in the art history and world history categories, when they identified the Roman Emperor Trajan, the iconoclast movement, and the Lex Canuleia as the law that allowed patricians and plebeians to marry. However, Kamiak and Coupeville did better in the government category, while Coupeville pulled out a last-second correct answer in the chemistry category.
AHS HiQ team faculty advisor Ben Menro expressed pride in freshman Eric McElroy, sophomore Tyler Gjersee, juniors Katie Nowlin and Rob Peiffle, and seniors Hang Nguyen, Krista Sparks and Cindy Tsang, while congratulating their competitors. However, he also objected to questions in categories such as biology, which none of the teams could answer correctly.
By the end of their round, Arlington ranked third with 20 points, Kamiak edged ahead of them into second place with 22 points, and Coupeville sailed past them both with 28 points in first place.
The other teams did a great job, but some of those questions were unbelievably difficult, Menro said. It should be hard, but its no fun if nobody knows the answers.

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