Academic Team to compete in virtual meet Friday

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Noah McFatridge

Luke McFatridge is among the DMS Academic Team members ready for Friday’s virtual meet.

Noah McFatridge, Student Life Reporter

Academic Team is preparing for Regionals, which is coming up Friday at Faith Church.

Luke McFatridge is among the DMS Academic Team members ready for Friday’s virtual meet. (Noah McFatridge)

But this year, things are the meet with be virtual because of levels of the COVID-19 virus rising in Oklahoma. This leads all academic teams in the State of Oklahoma to have to learn a whole different system in order to compete.

Member Luke McFatridge said he is nervous for the meet.

“I think we need to be in the top half of schools to qualify for area,” McFatridge said.

With quarantines, sports activities and music activities makes it event harder to find a day where everyone will be at school to participate. When a day is open, the meet will take place in two rooms.

The two teams will hold the virtual meeting in separate rooms so they won’t cheat off each other.

This meet will also have other differences from regular meets. One big example is team members can talk among themselves instead of individuals thinking.

There will also be a time limit on the round, not each question. Teams will have one hour to answer 72 questions. If either of the teams do well enought, then they will move on to area. They go to state if they get far enough.

Last year the team made it to area, but finished fifth out of eight schools there.