By Emily Bialkowski
Caledonia High School’s Knowledge Bowl team took fourth place at regionals in March, an accomplishment that hasn’t been realized since 1999.
The team of Liam Sullivan, Aaron Marschall, Eric Meyer, Derek Klein and Aaron Goetting brought home the hardware after successfully placing fourth out of 12.
“We are pretty happy. It doesn’t happen all that often,” Knowledge Bowl coach David Riley said.
A total of 16 students participate on Caledonia’s Knowledge Bowl team. The work begins in December and February when the students attend three round-robin events and two conference meets.
The pace draws a lot from the kids. Each competition includes 60 written questions with five team members working together on them. Then there are five rounds of oral questions with 45 questions in each round. Each Knowledge Bowl competition lasts about the length of the school day.
“We have some pretty fun van rides home,” Riley admitted about the post-competition temperament of the team.
To prepare for competitions Riley has the team come in Wednesday mornings before school.
After navigating the round-robin contests and conference meets, Caledonia qualified for subregionals and then regionals to earn this year’s honor.
Other team members include: Nick Bulman, Phillip Paulson, Shauna Smith, Andy Li, Nolan Rohrer, Zach McGraw, Marie Doering, Trece Frank, Josh Betz, Evan Privet and Bryan Barthel.