The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

February 7, 2013

Grand Valley wins Academic Challenge

Team members clinch victory in final round against Beaumont, Hillsdale

ORWELL — When one thinks of competitive extracurricular activities, a sport is what usually pops into mind. However, one of the newer extracurricular activities to Grand Valley High School, the Scholastic Bowl team, is a surprisingly competitive one. This group of academically accelerated students meets on a regular basis and participates in interscholastic academic competitions, and the Grand Valley High School Scholastic Bowl team recently celebrated a huge victory at one of these competitions. Academic Challenge is a prestigious and widely known interscholastic competition, hosted each year by ABC News Channel 5.

The Cleveland television station invites three school teams to go head to head in a battle of wits each weekend. The teams each try to rack up as many points as possible during the five rounds of questions. Recently, Grand Valley’s Scholastic Bowl team traveled to Cleveland to compete against Beaumont High School and Hillsdale High School. The game started off with the “Lightning Round.” During this round, the three teams were tested on their agility as well as their knowledge. To answer the fast-paced questions, a member of a team had to hit the buzzer directly in front of them and be acknowledged by the host before answering. If that teammate answered the question correctly, their team received 10 points. However, if they answered wrong, their team’s score was penalized by 10 points. The lightning round involved questions about famous bays. At the end of the first round, the Grand Valley Scholastic Bowl team was tied for second place.

Next came the “Mix it Up” round. In this round, each team received a group of randomly selected questions, each worth 20 points. This round was uncontested, so each team had the chance to individually answer all their questions uninterrupted. If the team answered incorrectly, they received zero points. During this round, the members of each team introduced themselves. Out of the many members of the Grand Valley Scholastic Bowl team, three seniors were chosen to participate: Frances Harrison, Brady Nye and Jesslyn Watson. At the end of this round, Grand Valley was in third place.

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