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WDC Knowledge Bowl teams compete in Staples

Wadena-Deer Creek High School students recently competed in a Knowledge Bowl contest in Staples, front row, from left: coach Dawn Paurus, Sarah Decock, Ashley Carlson, Brittany Andrews, Paige Hartman, Austin Hendershot, Anna Kraemer and Loni Niles, coach; middle row: Beth Schmitz, Michael Small, Derek Plautz, Logan Taggart, Kendra Evans and Marissa Jahnke; back row, Hope Norenberg, Kassi Peterson, Ashley Peters and Elise Kallevig.

The Wadena-Deer Creek High School Knowledge Bowl teams were among 30 area teams participating in a quiz fest June 10 at Staples.

Team "Unknown" finished in fifth place. Team members are Brittany Andrews, Ashley Carlson, Paige Hartman and Austin Hendershot. Team "27!" earned an eighth-place finish. The team includes Sarah Decock, Michael Small, Logan Taggart and Derek Plautz. "Tatonka" finished in 22nd place. Team members include: Marissa Jahnke, Elise Kallevig, Anna Kraemer and Ashley Peters. Lastly, "Adrenaline Mafia" placed 24th. Team members are Kendra Evans, Hope Norenberg, Kassi Peterson and Beth Schmitz.

According to WDC Knowledge Bowl coach, Dawn Paurus, Knowledge Bowl is a sport for the mind. During the competition, teams of students compete in written and oral rounds by answering questions related to all areas of learning typical of secondary education programs. Questions test students' recall, problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Currently over 800 teams from 290 Minnesota school districts participate in senior high knowledge bowl competitions. At the end of the season, teams compete in sub-region and region tournaments with a total of 48 teams advancing to the State Knowledge Bowl.