Story by April DeGraff, MVC Marketing and Media Relations Director
Athletic training students from the Missouri Valley College Athletic Training Program (ATP) competed at the Fifth Annual National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Quiz Bowl on June 26, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Missouri Valley College team competed against nine other academic teams representing different regions of the United States.
The Missouri Valley College team qualified for this event by virtue of their first place finish in the Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association Quiz Bowl on March 15. The MVC team also had a second place finish at the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association Quiz Bowl (February 2) on their record this year.
The MVC ATP team got out to a slow start during the first round.
“We took the break between rounds to re-focus and discuss what adjustments we could make for the second round,” explained MVC ATP Quiz Bowl Captain Ben Snyder.
The team’s efforts were rewarded, as they started to accumulate more points and advance up the leadership board.
“We felt much more relaxed during the second round,” said Team Member Darrell Brooks.
At the conclusion of the event, the MVC ATP team finished in seventh place only half a point away from fifth place.
“It was not the final result we were hoping for, but we accomplished every goal we set for ourselves during this quiz bowl season,” explained Team Member Jami Mayberry.
“This quiz bowl team was the most successful we have ever had,” explained Clinical Education Coordinator David Tomchuk. “They faced strong teams at each competition. They truly enjoyed and will cherish this experience. We would like to thank the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Missouri Valley College Athletic Training Student Organization and Missouri Valley College for the financial support they have provided throughout the 2013 athletic training quiz bowl season.”
All members of the 2013 Quiz Bowl Team graduated in May. The team was comprised of Ben Snyder, Jami Mayberry, Darrell Brooks and Sadie Smith (alternate).