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WDC Knowledge Bowl team prepares for state tournament

The Wadena-Deer Creek Knowledge Bowl team celebrates after their regional win in Staples. They'll travel to Brainerd for state competition April 10-11. Photo courtesy Sourcewell1 / 2
Following the WDC win, team coach Loni Niles goes in for the hug at the regional Knowledge Bowl Tournament in Staples last month. Photo courtesy Sourcewell2 / 2

Four Region 5 schools have advanced to the state level of competition after taking top honors in regional Knowledge Bowl in Staples.

Brainerd, Little Falls, Upsala, and Wadena-Deer Creek school districts will move on to represent Region 5 at the Minnesota State Knowledge Bowl tournament April 10-11 at Cragun's Resort in Brainerd.

According to Sourcewell Student Academic Coordinator Katie Embree, the 2018-2019 Knowledge Bowl season was a great success with 72 regional teams of between five and six junior high students and 93 teams of between four and five senior high students competing in three seasonal meets and one regional meet. Their journey consisted of a variety of questions from history and math to science and literature in one 60 point written round, as well as four oral rounds of Beat the Buzzer.

"Congratulations to all of our teams on a wonderful season of learning," Embree said. "We wish all teams advancing to state the very best of luck."

Knowledge Bowl, sponsored by Sourcewell, is for students in grades 7-12. Facing off against other teams, students work together to answer questions related to all areas of learning. Students recall, solve problems, think critically, and sharpen teamwork skills. Competitions are in January, February, and March—with top teams in grades 9-12 advancing to the Minnesota State Knowledge Bowl.

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