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

March 19, 2017
By Susan Trower

West Sound Academy's team of top academic competitors won 2nd Place in Division 1B at the Washington State Knowledge Bowl Tournament XXXV at Arlington High School on March 18, 2017.  WSA's squad joined 101 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 23.  

WSA's State KB team with their 2nd Place trophy, Left to right, Callay Boire-Shedd, Eleanor Uyyek, Graeme Forbes, Max Morningstar (captain), Anneke Taylor, and Nolan GreggWSA's State team members:

Callay Boire-Shedd, '19
Eleanor Uyyek, '17
Graeme Forbes, '19
Max Morningstar, '19, Captain
Anneke Taylor, '18
Nolan Gregg, '19

The day of the tournament was a long one, beginning with check-in at Arlington High School at 7:30 a.m.  Next came an assembly in the gym, with hundreds of Knowledge Bowl players, coaches, parents, and friends.  In the middle of the gym was a table with a display of all the trophies for all six divisions - plenty of incentive for everyone!  At 8:30 a.m., all teams began the first round of the morning, a 50-question multiple-choice test.  Each team worked collaboratively for 35 minutes to choose the correct answers to each question, then submitted their Scantron sheet for grading.

Scorekeeper's wall at State Knowledge Bowl tournamentThen came four oral rounds, 50, short-answer questions in each, starting at 9:15 a.m. and ending around 12:30 p.m.  The stakes were high:  only the top six of the Division 1B teams at the State Tournament would be allowed to go on to the Semi-Final and Championship rounds in the afternoon. WSA's team started strong, with the second-highest written round score in the Division, then winning decisive victories in all four morning oral rounds.  WSA finished the morning in second place, meaning they would face off against fifth-place Odessa High School in the Semi-Final round.

After a well-deserved lunch break that began with Girl Scout cookies and ended with delicious take-out teriyaki brought in by WSA parents, the team was ready to go another round.  The semi-final game with Odessa turned out to be another definitive win for WSA, 18 - 7.  Now the winners of the semi-final matches were set off to compete for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies:  WSA, Pope John Paul II High School, and Waitsburg High School.

Wally Trower guarding WSA's new trophy at his home until it can be brought to school for permanent displayAll three teams scored points, with the lead bouncing back and forth between WSA and Pope John Paul II.  The finish was very close, with Pope John Paul II scoring 12 points, WSA 11, and Waitsburg 7.  WSA coaches Catherine Freeman, Susan Trower, and Lionel Pummell were extremely pleased with the outcome.  WSA's five newcomers to State, and their one returning senior, came very close to taking it all!  Many, many photos were taken of the team - now 350 questions more tired than they were at 7:30 that morning when they first arrived at Arlington High School - then everyone dispersed to enjoy the rest of a (hopefully) relatively question-free weekend.

The State Knowledge Bowl State Tournament marks the end of the season, but plans are already underway for next year.  Lunchtime practices for the 2017-2018 WSA Knowledge Bowl team will resume on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, and are open to students in Grades 9-12. 

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