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Quiz Bowl team attempts to recruit new members

November 19, 2018

Quiz Bowl team attempts to recruit new members

By Ethan Mayes

ESU 2’s West Point Beemer Quiz Bowl is not afraid to be silly, answering George Carlin, nectar suckers, and Lord Buckethead when they didn’t know the right answer.

Quiz Bowl is a competition based on questions on a variety of topics, ranging from state quarters to World War II aircraft, and everything in between.

Led by Mitchell Lierman and Ethan Mayes, seniors, the Quiz Bowl team has made state the past two years.

“Like anything, it’s nice when WP-B students can have success and represent our school well. It’s nice when we can have academic success in addition to athletic success,” Quiz Bowl coach Diana Knaak said.

It’s good to be involved. Challenging a person’s memory, applying what has been learned, and eating donuts at practices are all reasons for joining Quiz Bowl.

Because of the variety of questions asked, it’s good to have a breadth of knowledge. Intelligence is not the most important part of participating in Quiz Bowl, according to Lierman.

One misconception people might have about Quiz Bowl is that it is exclusively for nerds. Knaak’s only response to that idea is “No.”

With seven seniors (Mayes, Lierman, Ashton Troyer, Cristina Saldana, Michael Bracht, Blake Anderson, and Kendra Paasch), two juniors (Abby Boell and Jorge Ibarra), and four sophomores (Anna Mayes, Brooklyn Weddle, Gerardo Osorio, and Kailey Oswald) currently on the team, Knaak sees a serious concern with the lack of underclassmen.

Underclassmen are not the only targeted students, however. If anyoneSierrais interested, the team is more than willing to accept them as part of the lineup.

Heart-racing comebacks are not exclusive to sports. WP-B Quiz Bowl has had several matches where they were losing by 45 points or more, only to come from behind and win with little time left.

Some quiz bowl meets consist of a 15-20 minute time limit, whereas other meets have a question limit.

Reminiscent of 1950s era game shows, Quiz Bowl challenges both spectator and participant alike in their individual knowledge.

Steve Conrad, bus driver, has told the team that he likes watching matches. He likes seeing how much he knows compared to the students.

Math is the one weak area for the team, so if any math wizardsSierrawant to join the team, they’re certainly welcome.

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