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Northwestern Sends First Team to BizQuiz

Northwestern does well in national competition testing knowledge of business news

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December 20, 2010
David Kwon, Chad McMann and Adam Pegram advanced to the semifinal round at the fifth annual Nationwide/Fisher College of Business BizQuiz.
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern University participated for the first time in a national competition that borrows from the “Jeopardy” format in quizzing undergraduate teams about their knowledge of articles that appeared in the Wall Street Journal over a six-week period.

Northwestern competed against 17 other university teams and was one of nine that advanced to the semifinal round at the fifth annual Nationwide/Fisher College of Business BizQuiz.

Northwestern’s first BizQuiz team included Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences juniors Adam Pegram and David Kwon and School of Continuing Studies junior Chad McMann.

They traveled to The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business for the competition held Nov. 5 to 7.

The six-week preparation period was intense. "Monday through Friday, we each had a section we were responsible for and took notes on,” said McMann.  “Once a week, we got together to discuss what we had read, to quiz each other and to prioritize what we thought might be important to know for the competition.”

Making it to the semifinals made it worthwhile, McMann added. “Holding our own, felt good.”

"Northwestern's participation in this event received considerable recognition from the other 17 participating universities as well as Nationwide and the Wall Street Journal," said Wesley Thorne, team advisor and formerly assistant director of University Career Services at Northwestern. "In the finance world this exclusive competition is held in the highest esteem."

The competition also was an opportunity for participants to network with executives from Nationwide, one of the largest insurance and financial services companies in the world.

Krishnan Anantharaman, managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition, served as moderator for the final round, held at the Nationwide headquarters.