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The mission of the Missouri Quizbowl Alliance is to provide opportunities for high-quality academic competition throughout the state of Missouri. As part of that mission, the Missouri Quizbowl Alliance established the MOQBA Values Award to recognize individuals who not only exemplify the core values of sportsmanship, fairness, and integrity, but are above and beyond shining examples to all.
On February 5th, 2022, St. Joseph Central High School and Savannah High School both attended the North Kansas City Varsity Invitational. What started as a usual day of high octane quizbowl became a story of humanity and compassion.
Savannah left the event finishing in third place, never having the honor of playing Central. Though defeated, they were in excellent spirits. Until that is, fate intervened, and they were stuck in a situation where they were miles from home and had no way to get there. By happenstance, they pulled into a QuikTrip where they were eventually met by (who else?) St. Joseph Central. Savannah’s coach, frantic under her circumstances, was hoping the rival team would say “we will help you.” She needn't have asked. Jeff and Becky Carter knew what to do.
Jeff and Becky ensured that Savannah's team got home safely and in reasonable time but also in great spirits. They are living examples of friends in need finding friends indeed. They exemplify the generosity we hope to see in their students and countless young men and women for generations to come.
The Missouri Quizbowl Alliance commends Jeff and Becky for their selfless service and will recognize them by publicizing the award upon the MOQBA website and by presenting them with a plaque and certificate as part of the 2022 NAQT Missouri State Qualifier ceremonies held on March 5, 2022.
So supported and signed by the membership of the Missouri Quizbowl Alliance as of March 5, 2022.