On Wednesday, we participated in a nationwide quiz bowl competition called the Knowledge Master Open. The way this competition works is that a multiple choice question is flashed on the screen. Working as a team with one student at the keyboard the kids try to answer the question correctly and as fast as they can. They get points for being correct and for how fast they can answer the question. As you might imagine, it can be tough to get 15 high schoolers to come rapidly to a consensus under this time pressure. The questions range from tough to very tough on all subjects from physics to ancient history. Some involve math which is especially hard to do under time pressure.
Well, our team placed first in the country this time with a score of 1827 out of a possible 2000 points! We are exceptionally thrilled. It was a joy to watch the kids working together with everyone contributing at least one right answer to the 200 questions. Some of our kids know the science; others are the history geeks. It was true teamwork in action and I'm very, very proud to be their coach.
The second place team was State College High School in Pennsylvania with a score of 1811. And third place went to our home state rival, North Carolina School of Science and Math. The results are here. You can try yourself out on sample questions here.