MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon First Church of the Nazarene was the site of the 2012 State Knowledge Bowl competition on April 20. Twenty-six teams competed in the state finals where teams are asked a variety of questions on the areas of history, science, spelling, English, government and the arts.
The competition is divided into a junior division (grades seven through 10) and a senior division (grades 11 and 12). As the various questions are read aloud, the teams have a limited amount of time to decide on one answer where one chosen representative will give their team’s response. Scores are accumulated through four rounds of competition with the top five teams in each division being recognized.
To qualify for the state finals, teams must place first or second in their regional competition conducted earlier. Participants must be enrolled in a Career-Based Intervention program to take part in the team competition. The state finals are sponsored by the state CBI board of directors.
The local representative for the state CBI board for 2012 is Frank McCoy, CBI coordinator at the Knox County Career Center. “This is a way of team building,” said McCoy of the Knowledge Bowl competition. “Just like any other sport, it’s all about getting them to work as a team and giving them an opportunity for some self-accomplishment.”
As the final scores were tabulated and the winning teams were announced, finishing in second place in the senior division was the team from Clear Fork High School. “This was the highest we’ve placed,” said coach Dan Gorbett whose top place previously had been third place. “The kids worked really hard on this. It was a lot of studying. This makes them feel good about themselves. There’s not always a lot of academic recognition given, so this is good for them to compete and do well in an academic area.”
Team member Aubrey McClelland shared her excitement following the second-place finish. “I’m really proud of all of us making it this far. It was a great feeling,” said McClelland. “I really feel like I’m part of a team.”
Finishing first in the senior division was the Four-County Career Center team from Archbold.