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Dorman High ranks among top quiz bowl team competitors

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The Dorman High quiz bowl team practices. (Jan. 27, 2014/FOX Carolina) The Dorman High quiz bowl team practices. (Jan. 27, 2014/FOX Carolina)
The team's collection of trophies. (Jan. 27, 2014/FOX Carolina) The team's collection of trophies. (Jan. 27, 2014/FOX Carolina)
The Dorman High quiz bowl team practices. (Jan. 27, 2014/FOX Carolina) The Dorman High quiz bowl team practices. (Jan. 27, 2014/FOX Carolina)
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A recent international ranking lists an Upstate quiz bowl team as the only South Carolina team, and as no. 7 in the world. In other national rankings, Dorman High School ranks fourth.

The Dorman students practice together four times a week and spend spare time studying, too. The team has a history of winning national competitions since it started in the early 1980's.

Their consistency over the years involves strategy, by dividing up specialty knowledge among team members. The younger players practice against the four-member "A-team," and according to 13 year-old freshman Shub Mehta, they see it as an opportunity to learn more and get better.

"I can see how good Tabitha and Lee are, and I can compare myself to them, see how much worse I am than they are and I can see how much I need to get better, how much I need to study," said Shub.

Senior captain Tabitha Walker explains that having her best friends on the team make the travels and tournaments all the more fun.

"And it's inspiring to always to have the opportunity to learn more. You can never really be done with quiz bowl. You can't say, ‘I know it all,'" Tabitha said.

All the knowledge they've acquired is helping the seniors get into some pretty prestigious colleges, but there's more work to do.

The teams will compete in a tournament in Georgia this weekend. Then later in the spring and early summer, they'll face national competition.

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