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Scholars Bowl team goes head-to-head against their parents in trivia rounds to end the season

Scholars Bowl celebrates the end of a successful season with a banquet and students versus parents trivia

The Scholars Bowl team competed against their parents at their end-of-season banquet Friday, Feb. 23. This banquet was their last official meeting of the season following  a successful season, getting fifth at state. The team celebrated the end of their season by giving out awards, along with recognizing the positions of the members involved.

The team’s coach, Tina Keith, explained the process of setting up the banquet for the parents and their children.

Listening to the question being read, sophomores Nadia Kindt and Will Schieber concentrate. (By Avery Clement)

“For the most part we had a lot of parental help,” Keith said. “All we did was provide the pizza, and then all the parents signed up to bring the sides and the drinks which was awesome.”

Two graduating seniors, Scholars Bowl captains Emma Clement and Georgia Hansen, were recognized along with various team members who lettered.

They enjoyed a few rounds of trivia against their parents, beating them by a landslide. Sophomore Nadia Kindt explains how fun it was to be a part of, especially with the parents being involved.

“The parents got a little throttled, but it was okay,” Kindt said. “I feel like everyone was just having a lot of fun and I could tell a lot of the parents were super confused, but I just thought that was so funny.”

The parents such as Alan Clement enjoyed having insight into the practice and rounds that their kids go through.

“[The rounds] were a lot of fun,” Clement said. “The students obviously were really good at it, and the parents weren’t. [The parents] sometimes knew the answers, but the students were just better at buzzing in and having a plan, plus the students are just really smart. It’s always fun to see young people outperforming the adults.”

The Scholars Bowl team had a successful season, placing in many competitions throughout the year. The banquet created a space for the team to finally relax and have fun now that the stress of the season is gone. Sophomore Ian Weatherman details how he and his team practiced and prepared for their meets.

Hands resting on their buzzers, sophomore Ethan Culver’s father Richard Culver and senior Emma Clement’s father Alan Clement listen to the question being read. (By Avery Clement)

“This season was especially good for building our team, as we got so many new people to join,” Weatherman said. “I really enjoyed how we placed because we did better this year than last year, which is really the only thing we can do: try to improve every year.”

While the season is officially over for tournaments and competition, that doesn’t mean that the students participating in the activity will stop practicing. Weatherman explains what he’ll be doing to prepare for next year’s challenges.

“We’re planning on meeting most Fridays here on out as optional meetings to study up,” Weatherman said. “The seniors are going to teach us some things so they can pass on some knowledge and we can just have some fun.”

Keith also has a plan for preparing for next season, including recruiting new members to hopefully further the success of the team.

“Next season we plan on hosting a JV and varsity tournament,” Keith said. “We’ll be preparing questions for that. We’ll be trying to lay out what we want that to look like, who we would want to invite to the various schools and we’ll be trying to recruit more students. We want to get some incoming freshmen to join and build up our team.”

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Madelyn Mulryan, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is sophomore Madelyn Mulryan’s first year on the JagWire staff. She is exploring all roles for newspaper but especially writing. She enjoys reading, listening to music, spending quality time with friends and binge-watching shows. Maddie is involved in Youth for Refugees, Women’s Empowerment, Model UN and Debate. She is excited to make this year of newspaper great!
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This is Sophomore Avery Clement’s first year on the JagWire staff. She is looking forward to learning about designing, writing and photography for the JagWire. Outside of journalism, Avery enjoys watching movies, crocheting and thrifting and reselling clothes. She also works as a gymnastics coach at Pinnacle gymnastics. She is a member of Youth for Refugees and Women's Empowerment Club and is also in Model UN. She is looking forward to a fun year on the JagWire staff.

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