What in the Red Hawk world is Scholar’s Bowl?
James FarnenHHS JV Scholar's Bowlers placed first at the Sabetha Invitational, their first tournament of the season. From left: sophomore Seth Bauerle, sophomore Eric Bock, freshman Jonas Potter, freshman Jack Rosá, and junior Avery Eppens.
Some people challenge themselves through physical sports, but there are other ways. At Hiawatha High School one of those ways is Scholar’s Bowl. In fact, the team has been preparing to begin their 2017-18 season since September.
Scholar’s Bowl tests a player’s knowledge on subjects such as language arts, social sciences, fine arts, mathematics, and current events. Five players are positioned in front of five buzzers and a moderator asks the questions. When a player believes they know the answer, they buzz in. It is simple, yet competitive.
To succeed, all good teams must first begin with a goal. Nolan Sump, Varsity coach for this season, has made sure the HHS Scholar’s Bowl team has a clear set of goals.
“Our goal is to do well enough to go back to State as we have been there twice these past two years. At the same time, I want to go there on team effort, and the best way to do it is to increase our knowledge base, work together, and be competitive.”
This year, the team consists of four seniors, two juniors, two sophomores, and seven freshmen. It has a mix of experienced and new players. Returning seniors Aly Shamburg and Liam Brook were on the team that took third place at state last season.
JV coach James Farnen states he is excited to work with the new freshmen.
“I am looking forward to seeing the JV team in competition this year. We have an excellent, well-rounded group of underclassmen on the team. The chemistry during practices is fun to see and be a part of. I can't wait to see it unleashed at this year's meets.”
The team will show off it’s hard work beginning on October 23rd at Sabetha for the JV team and November 2nd at Horton for the Varsity team. Both teams welcome an audience and would be pleased to see you support them.