By: Debby Moninger, Quiz Bowl Sponsor
“The thing I enjoy most about quiz bowl is that it is both a team and an individual competition. Even though you compete as a team, a whole game can change based on the random knowledge of one person.” - Chris Steele
Arnold’s quiz bowl teams definitely learns to work together as a team while shining individually. Whether you’re the team member with the most knowledge or the one who specializes in specific areas, the team works together to face teams from other schools.
The ESU 16 meet, our biggest, had 32 different schools participating of various class sizes. The high school team consisted of “the core four” of quiz bowl veterans — Claire Beshaler, Trevor Halstead, Racheal Smith, and Grace Magill — as well as a rotating group of new participants — Brooke Blowers, Wei Qin Chua, Sully Lewis, Tristan Johnson, Jasmine Nelson, and Ashton Weinman. Their best meet was probably the MNAC event at Halsey National Forest.
The junior high team consists of students in 6th through 8th grades including Leighton Bubak, Logan Coleman, Jarret Bucholtz, Tayten Eggleston, Cole Gracey, Toni Oberg, Jace Connell, Anthony Olson, Dylan Nelson, Jadeyn Bubak, Sam Cool, Jesse Connell, Logan Peterson, and Brett Halstead. They have less meets (only two or three), but have a lot of fun practicing on Friday afternoon quiz offs.
When we compete, a six member team plays with up to four alternates that can substitute in between matches. This year the junior high quiz team participated in an extra meet. As a new coach, there is quite a learning curve. Custer County Quiz Bowl Meet in Broken Bow, our first meet, had a junior high and high school section. When I got the information from Stapleton, they asked for the members and their grades competing from both teams.
Naturally, I submitted both teams. The junior high members who competed were Leighton Bubak (captain), Logan Coleman, Jarret Bucholtz, Cole Gracey, Anthony Olson, and Jayden Bubak. It wasn’t until we got there that I realized they were referring to two high school teams. Not only did the junior high team compete with the tougher high school questions, they earned 2nd place at the meet. In fact, the one question about the industrial revolution ended up being the difference between 1st and 2nd place teams. They knew the answer, but thought it was too simple so didn’t buzz in. It’s looking like we’ll have a good team for years to come.
Chris Steele’s observation about the importance of random knowledge definitely sets the tone for a successful quiz bowl season. The 2015 teams have participated in several meets, each meet organized to present a different challenge. The range of questions is limitless, but they tend to focus on geography, literature, science, math, sports, and liberal arts.
There’s not a sure-fire way to study, but you can take steps to improve your knowledge of trivia — watch Jeopardy, go on a random knowledge quest by reading National Geographic, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, or debate about interesting events in history. The main object involves truly applying information that you learn to new areas…and having the confidence in your knowledge to take a chance on the questions.
I have to admit. It’s easier to recall a lot more of the answers from the audience than at the front of the room with everyone staring and the 15 seconds ticking away.
Posted on Wed, March 25, 2015
by Nicole Badgley