Victory tasted extra sweet for Watertown Middle School's Quiz Bowl team after it missed out on a shot at the title last year due to a scoring glitch.
On Jan. 26, the team of 10 middle schoolers headed to Malden Catholic for the competition and came home with the grand prize. The students answered questions about presidents, impressionists, environmental science, American playwrights, pop culture and mental math, according to Watertown Middle School social studies teacher and team leader Kara Conceison.
Then they moved on to the wild card round, after which they qualified for the championship round, as one of the top three teams. That proved to the sticking point last year, but the students did not let it stop them this year.
"Last year there was a scoring error, and the moderator brought a consolation award," Conceison said. "None of them hesitated when I asked if they wanted to participate again, and they came back and won the whole thing."
The members of the team were Honor Petrie, Julia Moynihan, James Piccirilli, Ben Lowry, Jeremy Ornstein, Nicholas Cordeiro, Nicholas Ornstein, Julia Hum, Devyani Arora and Catherine Holt.
The team was honored by the School Committee on Monday. During the meeting Town Council President and School Committee member Mark Sideris congratulated the team.
"I want to say how very proud we are of you," Sideris said. "And it is very sweet to get revenge after last year when they made a mistake."