Students move onto national competition in Las Vegas, June 24-27

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Students from the Alderson Broaddus athletic training club won the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association (MAATA) Quiz Bowl on Friday, May 17th in Greenville, SC at the 2013 MAATA Symposium.

Jeff Gribble (Philippi, W.Va.), Jacob Hill (Clarksburg, W.Va.), and Ashley Prince (Ravenswood, W.Va.) held their ground, competing against the University of South Carolina, UNC Wilmington, Salisbury University (Md.), and Longwood University (Va.). AB was the only school to get the final question correct, pushing them into the lead and finishing in first place.

With support of the Student Government Association, AB was able to travel and represent the state of West Virginia after winning the state competition which was held at the West Virginia Athletic Trainers' Association conference in March. The state-wide competition was open to all CAATE accredited athletic training programs in W.Va. AB competed against West Virginia Wesleyan College, University of Charleston, Concord University, WVU, and Marshall University.

The NATA is made up of ten districts; the winning team from each district receives an invitation to compete for the national championship at the 64th Annual NATA Meeting and Clinical Symposia in June in Las Vegas. Gribble, Hill, and Prince will represent both AB and NATA District III. The students met three times a week throughout the spring semester to prepare for the Quiz Bowl tournaments. Their advisor is Noel Neptune, assistant professor of athletic training.