The GCHS Quiz Bowl team took first place at Tuesday, Feb. 4 tournament in Moab.
Grand County High School hosted the season’s first Quiz Bowl tournament on Feb. 4, with the Red Devils’ team of ninth-graders taking home the first-place trophy in the varsity division and third in the junior varsity bracket.
In addition, Grand County Middle School took third in the varsity tournament. In the double-elimination varsity tournament, Grand County High School went 5-1 overall and defeated Mont Harmon in the final game for the championship.
“It was a great event to start the quiz bowl season, and our players did well against some very tough competition,” said Jeff Richards, Grand County High School’s quiz bowl coach.
The questions covered a wide range of academic topics, including math, science, language arts, social studies, arts, and music, in addition to general knowledge trivia.
“The quiz bowl topics are so diverse and so random, there really isn’t much you can do to prepare, other than know the rules and learn how to respond to the questions with confidence,” Richards said. “We didn’t actually practice before the event, but some of our players had participated in quiz bowl before and they were comfortable in getting to know their teammates and their strengths, which boosted everyone’s confidence level.”
Members of the winning high school team were Jayelen Knowles, River Richards, Jacob Johnston, Damion Sowell and Aaron Hawks. They are coached by Jeff Richards.
The quiz bowl events are organized and conducted by the Southeast Education Service Center (SESC) in Price. A total of six area schools participated in the Feb. 4 event, with some fielding multiple teams. Grand County High School will also host a home quiz bowl tournament for student in grades tenth through twelfth on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Besides the two Moab events, six additional SESC quiz bowl tournaments are scheduled throughout February and March – three for grades sixth through ninth and three for grades tenth through twelfth.
Middle school team places third
“The quiz bowl topics are so diverse and so random, there really isn’t much you can do to prepare, other than know the rules and learn how to respond to the questions with confidence.”