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Lakeview team wins state Academic Bowl without practicing
School finished 4th last year before 2016 victory
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The Lakeview Academy academic team finished first in a state competition. Pictured, from left, are coach Hyuk Kim, Mary Kaitlin Hocker, Nina Ghosn, Dhruv Gaur, manager Caroline Landers and Jack Perkins.

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Lakeview Academy won the championship at the Regional Education Service Agencies state Academic Bowl on Saturday ­— without a team practice.

This is the second year for the school’s academic team. In 2015, its first year, the team took fourth in the state tournament.

The tournament drew 38 teams to participate, including varsity and junior varsity competition.

“Every person had some sort of after-school conflict (in 2014-15), so we did not have any practices and gathered only for the matches against other teams,” Dhruv Gaur, team captain and a junior, said by email.

“This year, we have continued without practices, and occasionally, some members of the team will practice online on quiz websites. … Because we do not practice, our academic bowl success comes mostly from either our inherent random knowledge or our school’s curriculum.”

Team members for the championship competition were Gaur, senior Nina Ghosn, senior Kaitlin Hocker and junior Jack Perkins.

Gaur also noted, “Because we didn’t have enough people for a team due to other conflicts, we convinced Jack to play in the state tournament, which was his first academic competition this year.”

Four other members “who were crucial to our team’s success and played in the majority of the regular-season games” but not the state were senior Corey Matyas, senior Nicholas Mulka, junior Hayes Kennedy and junior Steven Kemp.

Gaur said the quartet could not compete Saturday because of a robotics competition and the Georgia State Thespian Conference.

Junior Caroline Landers is the team manager, and Hyuk Kim, who teaches physics and chemistry at Lakeview, is the coach.

Lakeview defeated South Forsyth in the finals, 230-210.

Lakeview defeated Pickens County, Whitewater and McIntosh high schools to reach the finals.

The team competed in seven rounds during the tournament. The morning rounds determined seeding among the 20 schools that qualified for the tournament.

In morning competition, Lakeview defeated three teams — Fayette County, Rockmart and Oconee County — to earn the second seed in the bracket.

Other local teams to participate in the tournament were Flowery Branch and Gainesville high schools.

To qualify for the state tournament, Lakeview had to finish in the top four schools in the district and then the top four in the region tournament.

The early rounds of competition included three rounds of questioning — math/science, English/social students and the toss-up and bonus questions.

In the afternoon rounds, a section on current events was added.

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