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Merrol Hyde's Quiz Bowl Team third in state

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Merrol Hyde's academic team includes (l-r) Kanaan Dopp, Alex Copley, Michael Ponce, and Jonathan Caldwell. SUBMITTED

Merrol Hyde Magnet School took third place in the Tennessee Academic Coaches Association (TACA) state championship Saturday, Feb. 25, at Cumberland University. MHMS lost to Battle Ground Academy and Hume-Fogg High School, who were both included in a Top 25 national pre-season poll. TACA coaches voted Jonathan Caldwell, a junior on the team, to the four-member All-State team.

In addition to Caldwell, the Merrol Hyde team includes seniors Michael Ponce, Kanaan Dopp, and Alex Copley.

To qualify for the state tournament, teams must participate in at least four academic tournaments during the year and place in the top 25 percent in at least one of those tournaments. The team will compete in the National Academic Quiz Tournaments national championship in Atlanta May 26-28. The annual event will include about 270 teams.

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