MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon High School’s Knowledge Bowl team won the regional senior division competition held Thursday at the Knox County Career Center training facility on Yauger Road.
Comprised of career-based intervention students, the team will advance to the April 15 state contest.
“We look forward to competing at the state now,” said CBI instructor Gary Keller. “Our kids are eager and looking forward to it. They are having fun with it, too.”
Instituted in 1984, Knowledge Bowl competitions presently consist of approximately 1,750 questions in 20 categories ranging from the working world, personal finance, sports and literature to geography and science. Competition questions, 15 per round, are randomly chosen by a computer, which also randomly assigns a point value to each question.
Asked whether the team would change its strategy for the state match, Keller said, “We will probably do a little more individual work from now on. We still have to continue to work to get our areas down. I don’t know if we’re where we need to be. We are pretty good in all the areas, but to be really good, you have to know everything. We’re going to have to continue to hit the books.”
Team members include Kelli White, Lea Griffith, Stephanie Lyons, Sarah Starmer, Dez Henry, Donovan Hoskins, Anthony Whitt, Corbin Heck, Steven Luna and Clorisha Gamble.