By Dennis Abernathy
The Kimball Area High School JV1 Knowledge Bowl Team took first place Thursday, Feb. 25, in its final Conference Meet of the year. The win secured the second place trophy for final conference standings. The team began the day with a score of 37 on the Written Round followed by Oral Rounds of 6, 21, 13, and 17 for a final score of 94! Melrose took second with a score of 89 and Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted took third with a score of 77. This is the second time this year the JV1 team has taken first place at a conference meet, the first coming was at Eden Valley.
Members of the JV1 Knowledge Bowl Team include eighth-graders Erin Diffley and Shelby Schiefelbein, ninth-graders Jon Bisila and Katelyn Lichte, and 10th-grader Dustin Opatz.
This looks to be a promising team in the future as seventh-, eighth-, and ninth-graders would normally compete in the Jr High Season during the Fall. Other young members that show great promise include: Tyler Dockery (ninth grade), Cora Gohmann(10th grade), Marissa Johnson (eighth grade), Ed Nielsen (ninth grade), and Austin Roerick (ninth grade). Kimball's veterans have also shown promise bettering themselves in each meet this year, they include: Kelsey Vigoren, Abby Zoller, Sarah Messer, Lindsey Pramann, Dillon Menson, Jenna Maus, Emily Mansicka, Sydney Ashbrook, and Larissa Gohmann.
Knowledge Bowl is a wonderful activity offered at Kimball Area High School for students interested in random facts and knowledge. A meet consists of one written round and four oral rounds. In the Written Round, students take a 60-question multiple-choice exam with four other people on their team. The test is then scored and the teams move on to the Oral Rounds in a round-robin style play for Conference Meets. In tournaments, they are placed against teams of similar strength. In each of the four Oral Rounds the team competes against two other teams to garner as many of the 45 questions correctly as they can. Unlike the Written Round, the Oral Rounds award points for the team which answers correctly first. At the end of the fourth round, all of the points from the entire day are added up and places are awarded.
To earn a conference trophy, a team must be in the top three places after adding their scores for each conference meet for the year.
The next match-up is the JV Tournament Thursday, March 4, at St. John's University in the Quad Building.