MARIANNA — For the sixth straight year, Chipola College has won the State Brain Bowl

Tournament, defeating Valencia 915-50 in the finals of the Florida College System

Activities Association Tournament on March 17.

Chipola’s six consecutive championships breaks the old record of five straight set by Broward College. Broward still has the most state titles with seven.  Chipola also set a record for the largest margin of victory in a final round with the 915-50 win over Valencia. The Chipola team answered 29 of the 36 questions in the finals. 

Chipola MVP Paul Kelson was the David Elhert High Point Winner in the tournament with 1,120 total points and an average of 131 points per game. Kelson also was named to the All-Tournament team for the second straight year. Chipola head Coach Stan Young, says, “Paul Kelson is the best community college player in the country and maybe the best at any level.”

Other Chipola Blue team members are: Katelyn Miller, William Singleton and Becca Delgado.  Miller finished seventh in individual scoring in the tournament.

The Chipola White Team finished eighth in the State Tournament and was led Wesley Chevillot who finished eighth in individual scoring. Other Chipola White members are: Bobby Gause, Jamie McCoy and Faith Tice.

Chipola will next play in the Intercollegiate Championship Tournament (ICT) in Chicago, April 12-13, as one of only six community colleges invited to the tournament. Chipola won its third straight NAQT (National Academic Quiz Tournament) Community College Championship Tournament in St. Louis on March 2. Based on that performance, Chipola received the number five seed in the ICT, behind only Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Brown.

Chipola math professor Stan Young is head coach of the Brain Bowl team with volunteer assistant Dr. Robert Dunkle. 

About Chipola’s run of six straight, Young says, "You can find intelligent people everywhere. We're in this small community college with just over 2,000 students and we’re competing with Ivy League schools. It just goes to show you that intelligence can come from anywhere. If you take that and put in a lot of hard work and prepare yourself, it just kind of shows you what you can do," Young said.