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Celebrating MasterMinds Success!

Students at Moravia High School put their brains to the test and came out on top during a November MasterMinds tournament, qualifying them for nationals this spring.

Masterminds advisor Tyler Miller said he was thrilled to see Moravia students qualify for nationals once again and noted that the support from the district and community has been amazing.

“We graduated two-thirds of our team this past year, so I wasn't sure what we would have coming into this year.  However, the returning students have really stepped up and our new members have been wonderful additions to the team.  I am so excited to see what our great students at Moravia can do when facing the best small schools, the nation has to offer,” said Miller.

MasterMinds was started by Miller and two other teachers in 2017. It is a quiz bowl-style club, with students participating in teams of four to answer questions on a variety of topics, both academic and non-academic. This year they were joined by second advisor, Scott Epperly.

Since forming two years ago, Moravia has won their league both years, competed in the Syracuse Regional MasterMinds Playoffs and went to Chicago for the Small School National Championship Tournament.

Before the team started their official season, they competed in the Ithaca Fall Tournament where they finished fifth in the small team’s division and qualified them for the Small School National Championship Tournament this Spring.

"I was hoping that the team would qualify at Ithaca, but I was still surprised when we did.  The team is well prepared for the challenge as we've got some quality players on our team.  I hope that we will perform well,” said high school senior Ben Langtry.

Langtry was also recognized for his hard work at the tournament, where he placed fourth out of 133 in the individual standings.