MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon High School’s In The Know team is sweeping through the competition, and advisor Rob Fetters said he is very proud of his players. The latest match, against Pickerington, will rebroadcast on WOSU PLUS at 8 p.m. today.
Josh Campbell, Joe Kasper, Shane Leasure, Alexa McDonald and Conor Narovec represented MVHS in the matches against Pickerington and/or Columbus Briggs.
Although there are 10 to 15 students in the In the Know group, only four may compete at one time. Fetters said during practice this week there will be challenge rounds to determine who will compete against Bexley on Monday.
“This is a head-to-head [practice] competition answering questions between two players, which is repeated until every student who wants a chance gets one,” Fetters said. “Then the students with the top four scores will compete.”
McDonald said the competition includes questions about literature, history, math and geography. There are also picture puzzles, added Campbell, where the contestants have to identify portraits of famous people. He said just parts of the portrait are revealed, and the teams try to name the individual before the full portrait is shown. There are similar “puzzles” featuring artwork. One was a painting by Georgia O’Keefe, said McDonald.
Each team member has specific areas of interest/talent, although those areas do overlap.
“Josh [Campbell] is amazing with states, capitals and mythology,” McDonald said.
“Joe [Kasper] is our math and science person,” said Campbell, adding that McDonald is a “Jill” of all trades.
The scholars practice for the single-elimination competition by perusing and answering questions from trivia books, alphabet books, numbers books, science, humanities and general potpourri.
McDonald said she joined the team because she had several friends in the group.
“I also enjoy learning random facts very much. Since I was really little, I’ve been able to collect small bits of trivial knowledge, and that’s fun for me,” she said.
“I just really love trivia,” Campbell said. “It’s just really fun. Plus, when you memorize strange things that you can still remember after who knows how many years, it’s really fun.”
Kasper’s older brother did In the Know, he said.
“I went with him for a practice once and somehow I got stuck in it,” he said.