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CONTINENTAL — Zach Chandler enjoys a match of wits.“I absorb information like a sponge, and I like a mental challenge,” he said.This year, as a member of the Continental High School Quiz Bowl team, the senior said he enjoyed head-to-head competition.“I've always been competitive, and it's fun to test your mind,” he said.“Our team has been doing great,” Chandler added. “We won the Putnam County League and PCL tournament, and we went pretty far in TV-44's ‘Whiz Quiz.' We also did very well in the BGSU ‘Academic Challenge.'”Chandler said he plans to continue matching wits as a military lawyer in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the U.S. Air Force.“I've always liked debate, and I like to read, so law is perfect. I'm going to start out in ROTC at Wright State,” he said.Last summer, at Buckeye Boys State, Chandler served as an attorney. “That was a great experience. It helped solidify my decision to go into law,” he said. Chandler also has plans to pursue politics, he said.“The goal is the U.S. House of Representatives. The rise of the tea party movement has really inspired me to want to serve in the House,” he said.At home, Chandler follows politics.“I like to keep up with current issues. I watch CNN and Fox News, and I kind of compare the two and get rid of the bias from either side,” he said.At Continental, in addition to Quiz Bowl, Chandler is a member of the National Honor Society, and he serves as class vice president. He also plays trombone in the band.At the Family Christian Center in Defiance, Chandler plays guitar in the Praise Band and volunteers as an assistant in Sunday school.In his spare time, Chandler keeps in shape through running. “I normally run three to five miles. I like the feeling of the freedom you have when you're out there on the road,” he said.In addition, Chandler exercises his mind through reading. He said he especially enjoys 20th century British fiction. “I really like the dystopian movement, like George Orwell and Aldous Huxley. I started out reading ‘Animal Farm,' and I fell in love with it, so then I continued with ‘1984' and ‘Brave New World,'” he said.

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