Knowledge Bowl team wins trophy in Blue Earth

For students in Knowledge Bowl, any topic is fair game for studying and knowing. What is the name for a plant’s loss of shape caused by a water shortage? What is the fourth proportional to 2, 4, 6? Which war was fought on the 38th parallel? (Answers at end of article)

With one written round and three fast-paced oral rounds in each competition, Knowledge Bowl students have the chance to use their smarts.

Six students on Team Obsidian took home a trophy from the Blue Earth Area Schools invitational on October 24. Kevin Trettel (gr 8), Nick LaMoore (gr 8), Cole Simon (gr 6), Monica Turner (gr 6), Zoely Farmer (gr 7), and Landon Schaeffer (gr 7) placed fifth of 30 teams. After the written round, Obsidian was in second place, but battling through some tough oral rounds brought them to fifth place with 87 total points.

Fourth place went to Fitzgerald Blue (89 points), Montgomery-Lonsdale Gold was third with 91 points, St. Clair Brown placed second with 95 points, and Sibley East Pink won first with 95 points. The tie was broken based on previous round performances. In addition to team trophies, each individual on the winning teams gets a ribbon.

New Prague Gold finished ninth with 77 points. Sean Notch (gr 9) acted as spokesperson, with Jim Turner (gr 8), Zach Farmer (gr 8), Jesika Austad (gr 8), Madeliene Smith (gr 7), and Luke Fogarty (gr 7). Amy Harvey (gr 7) led Platinum with members David Culbertson (gr 7), Neal Gysland (gr 7), Kyle O’Laughlin (gr 8), Andrea Steele (gr 6), and Chesna Brenier (gr 6). They racked up 59 points, finishing in 24th place.

There are 30 students in grades 6-9 on this year’s middle school Knowledge Bowl team. Students from New Prague Middle School, New Prague High School and St. Wenceslaus School work together in practices and form three teams of six students each for the tournaments. New Prague’s next outing is on November 17 at Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop.

The answers to the questions at the start of the article: wilting, 12, and the Korean War.

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