Herald and Journal, May 7, 2001

For the first time ever, Knowlege Bowl team goes to state

By Lynda Jensen

For the first time in school history, a team of five Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted students will head to Brainerd, to compete against 47 other teams in state competition, today and tomorrow, in the Knowledge Bowl, said advisor Rita Grimm.

The Knowledge Bowl is a competition of intelligence and quick-wittedness, similar to Jeopardy, that requires an immediate answer to questions that range from history, sports and even general grammar, Grimm said.

Participants are asked a question by the moderator, and then try to answer the question before any other team, Grimm said. A computer connected to a long cord is used for a "buzzer" that alerts the moderator as to who is the fastest, she said.

The 48 teams were chosen out of nearly 600 across the state, said State Knowledge Bowl Coordinator Sue DeNio.

The HLWW team placed second at the Region A competition in Sartell, last month.

In state competition, they will be subjected to one written and five oral rounds for a total of 285 questions that cover a spectrum of subjects, DeNio said.

Team members are: seniors Mike Jackson, Florian Melmer, Artyom Anikyev, junior Sarah Williams, and freshman Ben Doroff.

Grimm thought of forming a team at HLWW 11 years ago, and has been the advisor since then.

She has a box full of trophies from conference, region, and sub-region competitions, she said.

She got the idea at a workshop, and thought it sounded like a good activity to interest students that are not involved in sports, she said.

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