"For a school of 220 kids... yeah... they rocked it," said Ebert.

Now these students are warming up and stretching their brains for the national competition.

"We've done better and better as years go on," said Ebert. "Part of that success.... and this is true of any athletic team... a lot of your success depends on the people who came before you."

So, maybe, slow and steady really does win the race.