Cal Poly students win recreation quiz bowl

Cal Poly’s Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration Department took first place in the National Recreation and Park Association’s Academic Quiz Bowl championship in Charlotte, N.C., last week.

The winning team included captain Mike Higgins, Josh Pighetti, Jennifer Kiesewetter and Hayley De Carolis, and was coached by professor Brian Greenwood.

The victory was Cal Poly RPTA team’s third in the past five years. “We couldn’t be more proud of our students,” Greenwood said in a news release.

The Academic Quiz Bowl took place during the NRPA’s annual Congress, which attracted more than 7,000 parks and recreation professionals, faculty and students from Oct. 14-16.

The Quiz Bowl employs a format similar to the television show “Jeopardy!”, asking questions related to the recreation industry.

Cal Poly topped the University of Mississippi and Brigham Young University in the semifinals, besting North Carolina State University in the finals.