Longfellow Middle School Quiz Bowl

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History

Longfellow's quiz bowl club began in the fall of 2005 as Knowledge Masters, borrowing the name of the Knowledge Master Open, the only competition LMS competed in at the time.  The club was formed by Eugene Huang, an LMS and Langley High School alumnus.  While at Langley, Mr. Huang was a member of the Langley It's Academic team that took first place at the 1989 Fairfax County Championship and 2nd place at the Georgetown University Quiz Bowl.

2007-08.  By virture of its KMO performance, LMS qualified for the NAC Junior Nationals.  LMS did not win that year, but the Lancers, including Diana Gerr, Olivia Murton and Thalia Aoki who would later star for TJ, managed to put two teams in the final four.  LMS would win the next two NAC Junior Nationals.  More...

2008-09. In order to improve at the middle school level, LMS began to enter area high school quiz bowl tournaments, and in the spring of 2009, the Lancers finally won its first KMO National Championship. 7th grader Jonathan Leidenheimer was named tournament MVP.  More...

2009-10. This was Longfellow's most successful year to date.  The Lancers, led by Leidenheimer, won two more KMO national titles, another NAC national title, first place at the Barrington Invitational VII and made impressive showings at high school tournaments.  More...

2010-11. Longfellow was expected to suffer from losing a star-studded 8th grade core, but instead LMS reloaded with 7th grader Tajin Rogers, and under the captaincy of Kate Salamido, captured 3rd at the inaugural NAQT MSNCT and its 3rd NAC Junior National Championship in a row.  More...

2011-12.  Perhaps Longfellow's greatest team ever. Tajin Rogers, Emma Fan, Ross Dempsey and Ryan Golant nearly defeated TJ at Fall Novice, won another KMO and in a thrilling advantaged final at the MSNCT, came in second to Kealing.  "The individual strengths on that team complemented each other perfectly," said Mr. Huang.   LMS won the inaugural National History Bowl, and Tajin also won the inaugural National History Bee.  More...

2012-13.  With the loss of Tajin & co., everyone expected a hefty drop in quality.  However, the rising 8th graders improved like no other previous group.  LMS won the spring KMO, made it to the semifinals of the National History Bowl and finished tied for 11th at the MSNCT.   More...

2013-14.  Longfellow returned to the short list of elite teams, proving to be the beast of the east and giving the powerhouse teams from Texas all they could handle.  LMS finished 5th at NAQT nationals and reached the semifinals of the National History Bowl.  More...

2014-15.  With QB becoming even more popular at Longfellow, the LMS pool of players became as deep as ever.  History specialist captained a science-heavy team of Wenbo Wu, Fred Zhang and Aaditya to 7th place at NAQT Nationals while Ben Xu captained a B team that came within one question of beating eventual champion Kealing.  The crowning achievement of the year was winning the National History Bowl behind MVP 7th grader Justin Young.  More...

2015-16.  At the beginning of this QB season, hopes were high with the return of the dynamic duo of Justin Young and William Wang.  Complemented by a strong supporting cast of 7th graders and 8th graders, LMS nearly won a HS novice tournament for the first time and in the winter, defeated Middlesex at Centennial.  William ended up winning the inaugural USABB middle school bee.  Unfortunately, LMS lost in the finals to Middlesex at both MSNCT and USABB.  Despite those losses, Mr. Huang hinted that this was LMS' strongest team ever.   More...

2016-17.  More...