The Northampton High School Academic Team has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help cover travel expenses to attend the 2017 High School National Championship Tournament in Atlanta, GA, over Memorial Day Weekend. The team qualified for the nationals at a high school quiz competition in Burlington, VT, in December when they placed second out of 42 New England teams. The NHS team of five will be represented by seniors Josh Dobrow and Matt Grimaldi, and juniors Joe Bosco, Henry Reade and Jesse Zeldes. Team coach and NHS Math teacher Mark Hanson will accompany the team to Atlanta. Up to 288 teams, which qualified through their performances at tournaments using NAQT questions that are held regionally throughout the 2016-2017 school year, will compete in Atlanta.
The NHS team was excited to attend the national event until they saw the cost of attending; plane fare costs over a thousand dollars, and the base event registration fee is $675. The GoFundMe site, which will help defray these costs as well as hotel expenses, has raised just over 10 percent of their $3,000 goal. The team is also selling raffle tickets for a fruit basket generously donated by State Street Fruit Market, and planning additional fundraising events. The NHS Academic Team is currently topping the WGBY As Schools Match Wits season leaderboard in first place with 370 points after the first round. Playoff rounds will continue later this spring to crown this season’s winning team. NHS team president Matt Grimaldi says, “We want the opportunity to represent our school at the national level, and we believe we can be extremely competitive if we’re able to attend. Any support at all, even a dollar, will push us closer to our goal. Thank you.”
NHS Academic Team GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/send-nhs-academic-team-to-nationals