A three-member team of students from Hope College won first place in the 2010 Michigan Athletic Trainers Society (MATS) Quiz Bowl during the 2010 MATS Student Seminar, held at GrandValleyStateUniversity on Sunday, Oct. 31.

The Hope student team consisted of seniors Emily Corstange of Kalamazoo; Molly Schab of Galesburg; and Brian Wiese of Wilmington, N.C.

More than 20 teams, each with three members, participated in the quiz bowl, which uses a "Jeopardy"-like format to challenge the academic knowledge of students who are studying athletic training at one of the state's 13 accredited athletic training programs.

As the state winners, Corstange, Schab and Wiese will now compete in a regional competition during the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association (GLATA) Annual Symposium, which will be held in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday-Friday, March 10-12.  They will be competing with five other teams representing Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

"This is a great honor for these particular students, who have worked extremely hard in their studies and clinical experiences to obtain and integrate this knowledge into their professional preparation," said Dr. Kirk Brumels, who is director of the college's athletic training program and an associate professor of kinesiology and athletic trainer at Hope.  "They are very good students who will be exceptional graduate school candidates and future health care professionals, and this performance validates their hard work and rewards their ambitious desire to learn from the various faculty members at Hope College who have been fortunate to serve as their educators."

"However, as proud as we are of this academic achievement, we are most proud of the people and health care professionals that they have become," he said.  "They are each a wonderful person in their own right and as faculty, we are humbled to have had the privilege to teach and learn with them."

The October 31 event consisted of three rounds.  The first two rounds, the "regular" and "double-jeopardy" rounds, contained 50 questions on injury assessment, health care administration, emergency care, exercise physiology, nutrition, injury prevention, physical rehabilitation, and strength and conditioning.  A total of five of the teams advanced to the third, "final jeopardy," round based on their performance in the first two rounds.  The other top-five teams were from AlbionCollege, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.