Collegiate Triumphant at Battle of the Brains

Norfolk Collegiate prevailed in its opening match of Battle of the Brains on Thursday, Oct. 1, 215, in Richmond, coming from behind to defeat Midlothian’s Cover Hills High School, 280-230, to earn a spot in the Round of 32 of the prestigious academic competition.

Battle of the Brains — now entering its fourth decade — tests teams general knowledge in such diverse areas as science and history, math and geography, as well as the arts, sports and popular culture among others. Over 100 schools vie for spots in the tournament, hosted by, and televised on, CBS-affiliate WTVR in Richmond. 

Collegiate was more than up to the challenge, moving out front in the fourth and final round, senior Jobin Chandi providing the Oaks with a lead they would never relinquish.

Earlier, senior Tanner Hirschfeld answered three consecutive questions to keep Collegiate in the match. Team captain sophomore Frankie White, now in his third year on the team, also came through with a number of correct answers, as did Megan Morford, who was making her Battle of the Brains debut. Hannah Garcia served as alternate for the match.

En route to victory, Collegiate correctly named the author of “The Martian Chronicles” and the metal that makes up the majority of the earth’s core; they pinpointed the origin of the Environmental Protection Agency and identified the literary fates of characters from “Hamlet,” “Wuthering Heights” and “To Kill A Mockingbird,” striking a blow for the celebrated Collegiate Reading List.

The team, coached by teacher Richard White, will be back in the studio on Friday, Oct. 9, to take on Richmond’s St. Christopher’s School, which is looking to replace all four graduated seniors off last year’s squad.

Thursday’s Collegiate victory over Clover Hill will air Saturday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m., broadcasting simultaneously on both TV-station WTVR in Richmond as well as on its website,

The program will also be available for viewing subsequently on YouTube.