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Scholastic Bowl Team

By Emily Kratzer, Classroom Manager of giantword.com

 

  “Some of our students have the ability to create things artistically that I never even really thought high school students capable of.  We have opportunities to cheer those students on.  I feel like scholastic bowl is our opportunity to champion students who have talents in academics.  I like that.”

WHS has a vast selection of extra curricular activities to choose from. If you’re into sports, there are options like football, basketball, or track. If you’re more into reading and English, you have options like Kindle Club, Creative Writing club, or Forensics. Or if knowledge and trivia are your thing, you could join the Scholastic Bowl Team. The team competes against different schools, answering questions from various categories, including sports, entertainment, science, history, math, english, art, and music. In some parts of the competition, students buzz in answers using a buzzer and in other parts they can work together as a team to answer.

 

This year, the Scholastic Bowl team included Joshua Allen (12), Seth Jones (12), Ben Masse (12), Ben Lahn (11), Riley Stevens (11), Khai Ven (11), Rebecca Pereles (10), and Jasmine Martin (10). There coaches were Mr. Tyler and Mr. Martin. The team came in 3rd place at the conference tournament.

 

“I like going to the competitions and watching our WHS team battle against other teams,” said Tyler. “I like to see students get excited about knowing academic things. I also enjoy watching the matches and trying to challenge myself to answer the questions before the students do.”

 

Senior Josh Allen has been with the Scholastic Team since he was a freshman. He said,

 

“One of the cool things about Scholastic Bowl is that many of the things you’re asked about are subjects you learn about in school, like books you read in English or events you discuss in history,” said Allen

 

Sophomore Rebecca Pereless said she enjoys Scholastic Bowl because it’s laid back., almost like a study hall because there are questions about history and english.

 

“There’s only one practice a week, and they’re not very long, so students who are busy with other activities can still be an active member of the quiz bowl team,” said Pereles. “ It’s also a lot of fun to work with friends to answer the questions. Plus it also helps a lot with your classes. Also, everyone is friendly and shares your interests.

 

The team is losing three seniors this year and are hoping to recruit more students for the 2015-2016 year. Tyler said while it’s good to have members with knowledge on all sorts of things, the team also values players that know a lot about a particular topic.

 

“Over the years, I have found it much easier to get participants with knowledge in math and science areas, while finding it difficult to find students with knowledge about English, particularly literary works,” said Tyler.
Tyler has high expectations for next year. Even though the team is losing seniors, he’s had many students express interest. He said he wouldn’t be surprised to have a team at the top of the conference next year.

 

Tyler encourages students to give Scholastic Bowl a try. Practices start at the beginning of the school year so  you should come out and join the team.

 

“Some of our students have tremendous athletic gifts and we get the opportunity to cheer them on through sports.  Some of our students have amazing talent in music/singing.  We have opportunities where they can be cheered on as well.  Some of our students have the ability to create things artistically that I never even really thought high school students capable of.  We have opportunities to cheer those students on.  I feel like scholastic bowl is our opportunity to champion students who have talents in academics.  I like that,” said Tyler.
So if you’re looking for a place to use your knowledge as a talent and contribute to a successful team, give Scholastic Bowl a try next year.

 

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