VHS students place first in Knowledge Bowl Thousands of students throughout the country and in many foreign countries competed April 19 in the 34th Knowledge Master Open academic competition.
Students faced their computers and 200 tough questions to vie for top scores based on accuracy and speed of their answers.
A team of 27 students at Vermillion High School scored 1,393 of 2,000 possible points placing them first among competing South Dakota teams. Nationwide the VHS team scored 210th of 1,014 teams and well above the mean score of 1,200.
Academic Coach Mary Lea Hennies described the event as exciting. She noted that the Vermillion students were a model of teamwork, and are proof that VHS students are using higher level thinking skills particularly that of analysis and application.
Students on the team included: Greg Reinhart, Jon Hoadley, Rhiannon Chandler, Anders Fremstad, Dave Jensen, David Price, Erich Jerscheid, Chris Hayes, Stacy Miskimins, Tim Goodman, Seth Nesselhuf, Jake Jensen, Amritha Subramanian, Jon Rusch, Suzy Kitzler, Mark Vickrey, Craig Bierle, Todd Stephens, Mike Veitz, Kathy Plate, Dariel Weaver, Vicky Lio, Katie Jacobs, Dan Ring, Mark Rusch, Britt Fremstad and Cory Novak.
The Knowledge Master Open was designed to stimulate enthusiasm for learning and recognition for academic accomplishment. The contest runs on classroom computers to allow all students the opportunity to compete in a large academic event without the expense of traveling to a central site.
Results of the contest are tabulated into overall, state, and enrollment-size rankings by Academic Hallmarks, a Colorado publishing firm that hosts the event. Contest results and example questions are available at www.greatauk.com.