Knowledge Bowl team sets its sights on state
The three students who make up the Moffat County High School Knowledge Bowl “A” team took first place at Saturday’s home tournament, but adviser Eric Unglaub credits the win to the team.
“Other students contributed in other ways,” he said.
Eight students make up the Knowledge Bowl team: Anna Herring, Peter Bacich, Chane Smith, Michelle Hardin, Rich Becker, Mark Oxley, Eva Sorentino and Deidre Dell.
Herring, Bacich and Smith were the winning team, but Unglaub said performances by others, such as Sorentino, who answered a team-high 25 questions, helped make that happen.
The team competed against 11 others in the first competition of the year. Four others will follow; the next is Dec. 11 in North Park.
Five of the team’s eight members competed last year, when the team went to state for the first time in seven years.
Unglaub attributes a portion of the success to the amount of time youths spend practicing. Students can sign up for Knowledge Bowl as an extension class.
Herring, a junior, joined the team last year at the urging of friends and plans to compete again next year.
“It’s a way to compete that’s not necessarily athletic,” she said. “You can learn to be good at Knowledge Bowl if you practice.”
She isn’t alone in thinking this year’s team has another shot at state. Unglaub, too, is holding out for a berth.
“We have a very good chance of doing it again,” he said.
Knowledge Bowl practices are nonstop trivia fests using questions from past competitions.
Unglaub compares Knowledge Bowl to the TV game show “Jeopardy,” saying students have to be well-rounded in a variety of subjects including English and history, poetry, science and fairy tales to compete effectively.
“It’s rote memorization and some common sense,” he said. “Some is over my head, and I’m just amazed at what the kids know.
You can’t study. It’s just tons and tons of practice.”
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