Student team takes first place in state nurse anesthesia quiz bowl

Members and coaches of Western Carolina University’s winning team in the North Carolina State Anesthesia College Bowl are (bottom row, from left) K. Logan Key, Mya Montoya, Lance Greer and Tiffany Outar; and (top row, from left) Cheryl Johnson, Randy Parker, Shawn Collins and Mason McDowell.

Members and coaches of Western Carolina University’s winning team in the North Carolina State Anesthesia College Bowl are (bottom row, from left) K. Logan Key, Mya Montoya, Lance Greer and Tiffany Outar; and (top row, from left) Cheryl Johnson, Randy Parker, Shawn Collins and Mason McDowell.

A team of students from the master’s degree program in nurse anesthesia at Western Carolina University recently took first place in the 2008 North Carolina State Anesthesia College Bowl, beating teams from five other N.C. schools for the title.

The state quiz bowl, which tests students’ knowledge of anesthesia topics such as physics, chemistry, physiology and pharmacology, is held annually as part of the annual meeting of the N.C. Association of Nurse Anesthetists. After claming the state crown, Western’s winning student team then challenged a team of certified registered nurse anesthetists from around the state, crushing the CRNA team by a score of 7-2.

Western will retain the trophy for one year. The next N.C. State Anesthesia College Bowl will be held at Asheville’s Grove Park Inn in October 2009, when WCU students will defend their title.

WCU team members are Tiffany Outar of Asheville, a graduate of Temple Baptist School who earned her undergraduate degree at WCU; K. Logan Key of High Point, a graduate of T.W. Andrews High School who earned his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Lance Greer of Hickory, a graduate of St. Stephens High School who earned his undergraduate degree at Lenoir-Rhyne College; Mya Montoya of Asheville, a graduate of West Hall High School who earned her undergraduate degree at Emory University; and Randy Parker of Asheville, a graduate of Asheville High School who earned his undergraduate degree at WCU.

Team coaches were Shawn Collins, director of WCU’s nurse anesthesia program; Cheryl Johnson, assistant director; and faculty member Mason McDowell.

“We are very proud of our students,” said Johnson. “We are the newest nurse anesthesia program in the state, and it is unprecedented for a new school to have a winning bowl team.”

For information about WCU’s nurse anesthesia program, call (828) 670-8810, extension 239.