PCA Quiz Bowl Students Powering Through a Great Season

It’s been an intense but successful year of competition for Portsmouth Christian Academy’s Quiz Bowl academic competition team, which has participated in multiple quiz competitions throughout New England during the fall and winter.

The team recently claimed the regional championship at the New Hampshire Quiz Bowl League’s Hunter Farnham Quiz Bowl Tournament. PCA also hosted the tournament, which attracted 22 teams from around the state.

DSC_0417_edit Team with swag

PCA’s A team of senior John Sipp, co-captain, Somersworth; senior Jonah Abraham, co-captain, Waterboro, ME; juniors Connor Foley, Dover and Nate Foster, North Berwick, ME, won all ten rounds of the tournament to claim the regional championship, which qualifies them for a berth in the state Quiz Bowl tournament in April.

The team has also competed on New Hampshire Public Television’s Granite State Challenge, winning their game against Concord High School.


At the New Hampshire History Bee and Bowl in November, the team swept the tournament, winning first and second place in the History Bee and first place in the History Bowl.

PCA’s A Team also recently competed in the Vermont Scholars’ Bowl State Championship Quiz Bowl Tournament in Barre, Vermont, competing against a field of 35 teams from Vermont and New Hampshire.  PCA placed second overall in a tight playoff game against Essex High School.


PCA’s strong finish at this tournament and several others throughout the fall qualified the team to attend four different national Quiz Bowl tournaments, including the National History Bee and Bowl Championships and the National Academic Quiz Tournament (NAQT) Championships.  The team will be attending the NAQT Tournament in Chicago in May.


“This is a hardworking team that really sets tough challenges and goes after excellence,” says Donna Capern, who coaches the team with Dr. Raymond Gamble.  “I’m proud of their work ethic and pleased that it has paid off for them this year. But it’s not all about work; this team, and all the members of our Quiz Club, know how to have fun even as we work towards our goals.”

Watch this video of PCA as they were heading into their first round on Granite State Challenge.