“In the third century B.C., a powerful ruler from the state of Qin in western China used brutal methods to crush his rivals and unify China. Then in 221 B.C., he bestowed upon himself the title Shi Huangdi. Give the English translation for this title.”
Davidson High School’s Hi-Q team gave the correct answer: “First Emperor.” After a final math question went unanswered, it was this answer that gave the Warriors in the winning points to claim their third straight Hi-Q championship Tuesday night at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel.
Davidson finished the match with 37 points to McGill-Toolen’s 34 and Citronelle’s 20.
“This is a fabulous group of students at Davidson,” team sponsor and Davidson history teacher Ginger Golson said Wednesday. “They worked diligently all year preparing for the competition last night, and I think it showed. What makes these Davidson kids so special, though, is the way they work together, helping each other prepare for all of the matches. They are a true team, committed to each other and the program.”
The three seniors on Davidson’s team, Derek Dang, Rohan Badve and Isabelle Bracewell, have been a part of all three of Davidon’s consecutive championships. The other members of this year’s team are juniors Isabel Bela, Sean Shelley-Tremblay, Anna Atchison and Peyton Emmertson, and sophomores Gabe DiQuattro and Parker Inman.
“Hi-Q has been one of the most satisfying extracurriculars I’ve had the pleasure to take part in,” DiQuattro said. “The preparation for the matches can be rigorous but winning makes all of the work pay off. Our final match was close but served as proof of our dedication and chemistry as a team. I hope to be a part of Hi-Q for two more great years.”
Unlike some other academic competitions, Hi-Q has a set curriculum, which students have an opportunity to study before the matches. That makes it as much a test of students’ study habits as their overall general knowledge.
Davidson will receive a prize of $2,000 for winning the competition, sponsored by New Horizons Credit Union, and each team member will receive a scientific calculator. Second-place finisher McGill-Toolen will receive $1,500 and third-place Citronelle gets $1,000.
In defending its local title, Davidson will again move on to compete in a national Hi-Q competition on April 13. The Warriors will compete remotely from MCPSS Central Campus. Last year, Davidson competed against teams from Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin and placed second.
“I’m honored to have been a part of the only team in Davidson history to have won three consecutive championships,” Badve said. “After graduation, I look forward to continuing to participate in Hi-Q as a spectator and loyal supporter of my alma mater.”