2019-20 HSQB Player Poll Results

The following article was a contribution by the entire Groger Ranks staff and many members of the HSQB community who helped out with this poll. Thank you.

Over the last few weeks, we at Groger Ranks have been running our annual player poll of the national high school quizbowl circuit. This poll was made up of 34 ballots ranking the top 30 overall players, top 5 freshmen, and top 5 sophomores. Not all people submitted ballots for all three categories, with people choosing what they would be most familiar with. We dropped the highest and lowest positions each player was ranked in order to have the most accurate results and eliminate anomalies. The 2019-20 HSQB Player Poll results were brought to you by our subscribers on Patreon, namely:

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You too can get your name listed by subscribing at patreon.com/grogerranks. Without further ado, here are your results for the 2019-20 Player Poll! Congratulations to your winners!

National “A” Team

John John Groger – Captain & Player of the Year (The Miami Valley School, Dayton, Ohio, 12)

Matthew Siff – (Georgetown Day School, Washington D.C., 12)

Dean Ah Now (Millburn High School, Millburn, New Jersey, 12)

Avinash Iyer (Mission San Jose High School, Fremont, California, 11)

Freshman of the Year

Owen Farra (St. Louis Patriots, St. Louis, Missouri)

Sophomore of the Year

Karsten Rynearson (Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts)

Overall Poll

Plaque Given to Top Four Players for the National Quizbowl “A” Team with the Top Player being named Player of the Year, 14 Ballots Submitted, Ballots with Highest and Lowest Ranking Dropped

1. John John Groger (Miami Valley, 12), 3 First Place Votes, 340 Points, Average Ranking of 2.67, Ranked in 100% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 1, Lowest Vote (Dropped): 6
T-2. Dean Ah Now (Millburn, 12), 3 First Place Votes, 339 Points, Average Ranking of 2.75, Ranked in 100% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 1, Lowest Vote (Dropped): 5
T-2. Matthew Siff (Georgetown Day, 12), 5 First Place Votes, 339 Points, Average Ranking of 2.75, Ranked in 100% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 1, Lowest Vote (Dropped): 5
4. Avinash Iyer (Mission San Jose, 11), 3 First Place Votes, 337 Points, Average Ranking of 2.92, Ranked in 100% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 1, Lowest Vote (Dropped): 5
5. Karsten Rynearson (Phillips Academy, 10), 324 Points, Average Ranking of 4, Ranked in 100% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 2, Lowest Vote (Dropped): 9
6. Shahar Schwartz (Westview, 12), 282 Points, Average Ranking of 7.5, Ranked in 92.86% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 5, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
7. Karan Gurazada (Stanford Online, 11), 271 Points, Average Ranking of 8.42, Ranked in 100% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 5, Lowest Vote (Dropped): 13
8. Govind Prabhakar (Adlai E. Stevenson, 12), 262 Points, Average Ranking of 9.17, Ranked in 100% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 6, Lowest Vote (Dropped): 12
9. Raymond Wang (Ithaca, 12), 245 Points, Average Ranking of 10.58, Ranked in 92.86% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 6, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
10. Katherine Lei (Montgomery Blair, 12), 244 Points, Average Ranking of 10.67, Ranked in 100% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 6, Lowest Vote (Dropped): 24
11. Jason Hong (Saratoga, 12), 235 Points, Average Ranking of 11.42, Ranked in 100% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 6, Lowest Vote (Dropped): 17
12. Dylan Bowman (University Lab, 12), 217 Points, Average Ranking of 12.92, Ranked in 100% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 10, Lowest Vote (Dropped): 18
13. Ethan Ashbrook (University Lab, 12), 198 Points, Average Ranking of 14.5, Ranked in 100% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 9, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
14. Tegan Kapadia (Beavercreek, 11), 182 Points, Average Ranking of 15.83, Ranked in 92.86% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 7, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
15. Basil Sousounis (Acton-Boxborough, 12), 179 Points, Average Ranking of 16.08, Ranked in 100% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 9, Lowest Vote (Dropped): 29
16. Eshaan Vakil (Ed W. Clark, 12), 162 Points, Average Ranking of 17.5, Ranked in 100% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 10, Lowest Vote (Dropped): 28
17. Amogh Kulkarni (Arcadia, 10), 147 Points, Average Ranking of 18.75, Ranked in 92.86% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 13, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
18. Robert Dedvukaj (Detroit Catholic Central, 12), 140 Points, Average Ranking of 19.33, Ranked in 92.86% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 13, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
19. Abhinav Karthikeyan (Richard Montgomery, 11), 125 Points, Average Ranking of 20.58, Ranked in 85.71% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 13, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
20. Kris Noori (Brophy College Prep, 12), 116 Points, Average Ranking of 21.33, Ranked in 78.57% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 7, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
21. Shardul Rao (Mounds View, 11), 109 Points, Average Ranking of 21.92, Ranked in 100% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 10, Lowest Vote (Dropped): 30
22. William Groger (Miami Valley, 11), 107 Points, Average Ranking of 22.08, Ranked in 92.86% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 16, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
23. Aadi Karthik (Lambert, 10), 79 Points, Average Ranking of 24.42, Ranked in 78.57% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 11, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
24. Sanjeev Uppaluri (Cambridge, 12), 77 Points, Average Ranking of 24.58, Ranked in 64.29% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 12, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
25. Arjun Nageswaran (Adlai E. Stevenson, 11), 69 Points, Average Ranking of 25.25, Ranked in 64.29% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 17, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
26. Robert Condron (Strake Jesuit, 12), 58 Points, Average Ranking of 26.17, Ranked in 64.29% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 12, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
27. Jonathan Lau (University Lab, 11), 50 Points, Average Ranking of 26.83, Ranked in 64.29% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 11, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
28. Arthur Delot-Vilain (Georgetown Day, 11), 48 Points, Average Ranking of 27, Ranked in 57.14% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 20, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
29. Justin Posner (Richard Montgomery, 11), 40 Points, Average Ranking of 27.67, Ranked in 42.86% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 17, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
30. Pedro Juan Orduz (Hunter, 11), 36 Points, Average Ranking of 28, Ranked in 50% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 15, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked

Also receiving votes: Ned Tagtmeier (St. Mark’s School of Texas, 11), 35 Points; Brian Lin (Wayzata, 12), 22 Points; Chinmay Murthy (LASA, 12), 22 Points; Ketan Pamurthy (TAG Magnet, 11), 11 Points; Asher Jaffe (Hunter, 12), 10 Points; Jackson Lee (East Brunswick, 12), 9 Points; Andrew Zeng (Hunter, 10), 7 Points; Charles Yang (Lexington, 12), 7 Points; Deepak Gopalakrishnan (High Tech, 11), 7 Points; Cerulean Ozarow (Hunter, 11), 5 Points; William Orr (Langley, 10), 4 Points; Anuraag Kaashyap (Thomas Jefferson Science & Tech, 11), 0 Points; Benjamin Fry (Chicago Christian, 12), 0 Points; Chris Tong (Montgomery Blair, 11), 0 Points; Cooper Roh (Hotchkiss, 10), 0 Points; Jisoo Yoo (TAG Magnet, 11), 0 Points; Kaelan Imani (Ithaca, 12), 0 Points; Nathan Sheffield (Belmont, 11), 0 points; Owen Farra (St. Louis Patriots, 9), 0 Points

Freshman Poll

Plaque Given to Top Player, 13 Ballots Submitted, Ballots with Highest and Lowest Ranking Dropped

1. Owen Farra (St. Louis Patriots), 12 First Place Votes, 55 Points, Average Ranking of 1, Ranked in 92.31% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 1, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
2. Jacob Hardin-Bernhardt (Hunter), 1 First Place Vote, 38 Points, Average Ranking of 2.55, Ranked in 100% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 1, Lowest Vote (Dropped): 5
3. Ian Lu (Hunter), 18 Points, Average Ranking of 4.36, Ranked in 69.23% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 2, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
4. Lukas Koutsoukos (Wilton), 12 Points, Average Ranking of 4.91, Ranked in 53.85% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 2, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
5. Cavan Gabaldon O’Neill (BASIS McLean), 7 Points, Average Ranking of 5.36, Ranked in 30.77% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 2, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
T-5. Rishabh Wuppalapati (Adlai E. Stevenson), 7 Points, Average Ranking of 5.36, Ranked in 30.77% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 2, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked

Also receiving votes:

Pareekshith Krishna (Mission San Jose), 6 Points; Aadit Juneja (Adlai E. Stevenson), 5 Points; Elliott Lee (Thomas Jefferson Science & Tech), 2 Points; Andrew Minagar (Caddo Magnet) 0 Points; Bo Chi (East Chapel Hill), 0 Points; Danny Peelen (Cedar Crest); 0 Points, Jared Dong (Springfield), 0 Points

Sophomore Poll

Plaque Given to Top Player, 23 Ballots Submitted, Ballots with Highest and Lowest Ranking Dropped

1. Karsten Rynearson (Phillips Academy), 18 First Place Votes, 100 Points, Average Ranking of 1.24, Ranked in 95.65% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 1, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
2. Amogh Kulkarni (Arcadia), 4 First Place Votes, 80 Points, Average Ranking of 2.19, Ranked in 91.3% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 1, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
3. Aadi Karthik (Lambert), 55 Points, Average Ranking of 3.38, Ranked in 86.96% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 2, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
4. Benjamin McAvoy-Bickford (East Chapel Hill), 23 Points, Average Ranking of 4.9, Ranked in 60.87% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 3, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
5. Andrew Zeng (Hunter), 1 First Place Vote, 17 Points, Average Ranking of 5.19, Ranked in 43.48% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 1, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked

Also receiving votes:

William Orr (Langley), 12 Points; Cooper Roh (Hotchkiss), 7 Points; Shiva Oswal (Stanford Online), 7 Points; Kapil Nathan (Hoover), 5 Points; Gabe Forrest (College Heights Christian), 0 Points; Justin Chen (Thomas Jefferson Science & Tech), 0 Points; Ryan Sun (Arcadia), 0 Points

Full ballots and justifications can be found here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1wZ8O2NbEUtezQhyUsTOGZxTStupPxTjZbE4O2kjw0mM/edit#gid=1513169931

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