The first-ever online Bow Tie Bowl trivia tournament ended in thrilling fashion, with this year's title going to the all-senior team of Billy Burns '20, Alex McLane '20, and Charlie Knight '20.
The trio defeated the powerful lower mid team of Cooper Roh '22, Jack McGlinn '22, and Huck Whittemore '22 by the thinnest of margins, 440-420, after nearly an hour of play. This year's tournament was conducted entirely on Zoom, with 11 teams competing for fame and glory.
The Bow Tie Bowl is a campus-wide trivia competition that has been staged now at Hotchkiss for more than 20 years. Teams of three compete head-to-head to answer questions on a variety of topics, including literature, history, science, current events, and popular culture.
Although the lower mid team had cruised through its first two matches with ease, they found themselves in a hole almost immediately, as the senior team proved adept on the buzzer and skilled at answering their bonus questions. Roh's team rebounded and at halftime, the match was a virtual dead heat, 200-195.
The second half saw a similar back and forth, with the seniors building small leads, only to see the lower mids rally to pull close again, setting up the stage for an epic finale.
With under two minutes remaining, the seniors held a narrow 430-385 lead. The lower mids answered a 15-point toss-up question and then two more 10-point questions to cut the margin to 430-420. With only seconds remaining, however, they missed their chance to tie on a bonus question, which the seniors stole correctly for the final points of the match.
This year's online Bow Tie Bowl was the brainchild of Dean of Community Life Steve McKibben, who saw the event as a way of promoting school tradition and community life through a traditional shared experience. The event was originally created by retired faculty member Lou Pressman and has been continued by current faculty member Roger Wistar.