VAN BUREN LIBRARIAN and quiz bowl coach Louise Teaman (front row, center) is surrounded by her team. The school's quiz bowl team qualified for the national competition for the first time this year, which is Teaman's last year as coach. (Photo by Randy Roberts)
VAN BUREN LIBRARIAN and quiz bowl coach Louise Teaman (front row, center) is surrounded by her team.
The school's quiz bowl team qualified for the national competition for the first time this year, which is Teaman's
last year as coach. (Photo by Randy Roberts)
For Louise Teaman
, it's always been more about her
students than her
team's record, but this year they're one and the same.
Teaman, Van Buren High School's librarian, is finishing her last year as coach of the quiz bowl team which competed in the small schools national competition for the first time earlier this month.
"I'm very proud of them," Teaman
"I'm really pleased with what they've done."
, 62, has coached the team for 12 of the 14 years she's
been at Van Buren
She is stepping down as coach as she gets ready to also finish up her education career in 2015.
Teaman also coached the quiz bowl team at Arlington High School, where she previously worked for nine years.
"You don't get your own students when you're the librarian, so this is a way to get to know them," Teaman
The team traveled to Minneapolis, Minnesota for the national quiz bowl, a game which tests students' academic knowledge, with about 50 other schools from 21 states.
Four or five of the schools Van Buren
faced ended up placing in the top 10, giving the team one of the tougher schedules in the tournament, students said.
Although the team only won two of its matches, Teaman
couldn't be happier that the team made it that far.
"Obviously, this was the highlight and the best way to go out," Teaman
The trip cost the team about $5,000.
and the students raised money by selling coupon booklets for Elder-Beerman, and by acquiring private donations from individuals.
Students' families also kicked in some money for them to make the trek.
During the trip, Teaman
students visited the huge Mall of America and did some sightseeing around Minneapolis.
Riverdale is the only other team in the area that has qualified for the national competition before, Teaman
While the national competition may have been Teaman's last time coaching, she's
confident the Van Buren team will continue to be successful.
"I'm not worried," Teaman