BHS offers many different clubs to suit students and their hobbies. However one club in particular appeals to students who have trivial knowledge and a keen mind. Knowledge Bowl usually involves teams of four to six students. “Why does Knowledge Bowl appeal to me? It’s fun to answer little trivia questions and show off what you know,” said freshman Andrew Rottinghaus.
Students answer questions in a written round and several oral rounds. No team is eliminated in this event, and every team participates in every round. The written round involves a multiple-choice exam taken by each team working together as a whole.
The results of the written test, decide where in the line up the team will be placed in the oral rounds. Oral rounds involve three teams per room and uses an electronic buzzer system. A reader presents the questions, and a team member buzzes as soon as they know the answer.
“I think the current Knowledge Bowl format makes for exciting competition and I see great things just waiting to happen.” said BHS Counselor and Knowledge Bowl Coach Jana Cline. The winner is the team with the greatest number of points at the end of the meet. The BHS Knowledge Bowl team has gone to three meets so far and dominated all of them.
Lots of students compete for Berthoud, this causing them to have five to six different teams. “We definitely prefer smaller team sizes. This gives each student more opportunities to answer questions as well as it encourages more participation.” said BHS math teacher and Knowledge Coach Laurie Brandvold. That often means that the players are able to figure problems out with their smaller team freely, and allows more kids to participate.
At Regionals the team placed fourth out of 30 teams after the written round. “We ended up taking 4th of the 4 4A schools, but we are very proud of their accomplishments. They competed in the top four rooms all day and ended up in the top half of all competing schools. BHS is the smallest 4A school and we had no seniors on our regional team,” said Cline.
By Lucas Klein