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WSA Team Wins 2nd Place at WA State Knowledge Bowl XXXVII

March 28, 2019
By Susan Trower

West Sound Academy's team of top academic competitors, aka Manifest Westiny, won 2nd Place in Division 1B at the Washington State Tournament XXXVII at West Valley High School in Yakima on March 23, 2019.  WSA's squad joined 95 other teams from public, private and parochial schools from all over the state at the event, competing for honors and trophies in the six divisions: 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A, 2B, and 1B.  All of these teams earned the right to be at the annual tournament at their respective regional competitions sponsored by Washington's nine ESDs (Educational Service Districts.)  WSA's squad won first place for Division 1B, and the right to go to State, at the Olympic ESD 114 regional competition at Fort Worden on February 7.  

WSA's State KB team with their 2nd Place trophy, Left to right, Nic Cachules, Aidan Phelan, Max Morningstar (captain), Max Metters, Emily Bradford, and Emma Longworth-SloneWSA's State team,
  Manifest Westiny:

Nic Cachules, '21
Aidan Phelan, '20
Max Morningstar, '19, Captain
Max Metters, '20
Emily Bradford, '20
Emma Longworth-Slone, '21

Team Manifest Westiny at the buzzer bar for an oral round at the Knowledge Bowl tournamentThe day of the tournament was a long one, beginning with check-in at West Valley High School at 7:30 a.m.  After an assembly, all teams began the first round of the morning, a 50-question multiple-choice test.  Then came four oral rounds, 50, short-answer questions in each, starting at 9:15 a.m. and ending around 12:30 p.m.  Only the top six Division 1B teams are allowed to go on to the Semi-Final and Championship rounds in the afternoon, so each round is important.  WSA finished the morning in fourth place, meaning they would face off against third-place Pope John Paul II High School in the Semi-Final round.

After five rounds, the team was ready for lunch. Then came the semi-final game with Pope John Paul II - a definitive win for WSA, 20 - 11.  Now the winners of the semi-final matches were set off to compete for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies:  WSA, Valley Christian School from Spokane Valley and Riverside Christian School from Yakima.

Lily Trower with WSA's newest trophy.  To give an idea of scale on the trophy, Lily is a 65-pound short-legged Golden Retriever. Just kidding. Lily is a 9-pound mini-dachshund.Riverside Christian had a very strong team, and they came away with the win.  The final scores were Riverside Christian 17 points, WSA 11, and Valley Christian 7.  WSA coach Lionel Pummell was very happy with the final outcome.  The team had the long drive back to Poulsbo to relax their brains after a day of 350 really hard questions.  The trophy had a special place in the van: wedged between two seats, resting on a can of Pringles!

The State Knowledge Bowl State Tournament marks the end of the season, but lunchtime practices will continue through mid-May.  Practices for the  2019-2020 WSA Knowledge Bowl team begin on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, and are open to students in Grades 9-12. 

Congratulations goes to our WSA team for their strong showing at State and ...


The Show WILL Go On: See How They Run Performances set for Restore Church

March 07, 2019
By Susan Trower

WSA Presents: See How They Run at William D. Harvey Theatre at Olympic College, March 14, 15, and 16West Sound Academy's spring drama production See How They Run will be performed on March 14, 15, and 16 at Restore Church,  20081 Viking Ave NW, in Poulsbo , with curtain at 7 p.m.  The location for performances had originally been set for the William D. Harvey Theatre on the Olympic College Bremerton campus.  When the college facility became unavailable for the three dates in March, Director Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson and WSA parents and staff reached out to other organizations in the Kitsap community to secure another venue.  Restore Church in Poulsbo came through with an offer to share its gathering space for dress rehearsals and performances.

Jim Walter, Lead Pastor at Restore Church, is happy to help out the WSA actors.  ""A reason we chose to lease this space was to demonstrate love for people, to support the rhythms of our neighborhoods and  to bring tangible benefit to our community. One of the best ways to do all that is to work with established local groups. Because of this, we are very glad to host the West Sound Academy Thespian troupe."

For more information on the play and performances, see:   WSA Theatre Company Presents: See How They Run.

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