Challenger K-8 wins Rotary Brain Bowl
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The Challenger K-8 Brain Bowl team placed first in the recent middle school level Brain Bowl held on the Challenger campus. Front row, from left: Adam Martinez, Basima Ali, Cameron Meyer, Julia LaCava, Jared Lee, Kyndal Olander, Noel Coutu, Kareem Zudhi, Isaac Gonzalez and coach Ronica Guerrier. Back row, from left: Nathan Bullock, co-captain Tully Goldrick, team assistant Eric Hayden, Daniel Zelin, co-captain Zachary Knecht and Thamid Ahmed.
SPRING HILL — On a recent Saturday, many middle school students chose something considerably more cerebral than sleeping in or playing video games. They participated in the 21st annual Rotary Club of Spring Hill Kevin Coit Middle School Brain Bowl.
The event took place March 16 at Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics, last year's Brain Bowl champ. The tradition is for the winning school to host the following year, and this was the third straight year Challenger had the honor.
Besides the host, other participating schools were Explorer K-8, Fox Chapel, Parrott and Powell. The students answered questions about history, art, science, languages, sports, geography, literature and recent world events.
"This year's theme was world peace," said Challenger K-8 Brain Bowl coach Ronica Guerrier, an eighth-grade language arts and Spanish teacher.
Guerrier couldn't say enough about the Rotary sponsorship. Families and friends, as well as the competing students, were provided with lunch and gift bags. There were raffle prizes and T-shirts for the participants.
The questioning began at 9 a.m. and lasted until about 2 p.m., with time for lunch. There was a series of 28-question elimination rounds. It came down to a showdown between Challenger K-8 and Powell, with Challenger pulling out the win.
Guerrier said her team begins practice in September.
"We practice every Tuesday," she said. "It's very positive for these students to feel they're part of something. We have fun."
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2013 brain bowl teams
Challenger K-8: co-captains Tully Goldrick and Zachary Knecht, Basima Ali, Nathan Bullock, Daniel Zelin, Holden Jung, Julia LaCava, Adam Martinez, Cameron Meyer and Kyndal Olander. Coaches: Ronica Guerrier and Rose Shaeffer. Alternates: Thamid Ahmed, Noel Coutu, Isaac Gonzalez, Jared Lee and Kareem Zudhi.
Explorer K-8: co-captains Sammie Moses and Alyssa Ulgasan, Alyssa Ault, Jeff Cotnoir, Blake Eaton, Nicole Sanchez, Alesha Tenny, Jayde Trabert, Miguel Ulgasan and Kellie Wangenstein. Coaches: Tom Todd and Kelly Zenchuk. Alternates: Joanna Berry, Brooke Johnson, Raquel Parra, Melissa Sardogan and Samantha Tarbox.
Fox Chapel: co-captains Alexis Johnston and Mykel Murphy, Charles Dunn, Josh Henriques, Jeremy Levesque, Cierra Linka, Athan Papadopoulos, Evan Quinn, Autumn Sherwood and Darius Smith. Coach: Melanie Googe. Alternates: Gianna Benedetti, Chloe Dipaola, Lucas Frankel, Aubrey Hypes and Jaden Lee.
Parrott: co-captains Mary Kate DiFresco and Alison Pager, Jacob Argoncillo, Alex Bloxsom-Joiner, Joseph Cieplenski, Jourdan Cunningham, Samantha Shipley, Kaycee Steinman, C.J. Weaver and Ivey Whitaker. Coaches: Crissi Brandhuber and Shaunna Knierim. Alternates: Colton Garrett, Kayla Ruwell and Morgan Tessenear.
Powell: co-captains Joey McClure and Dawson Rufa, Gabe Carlson, Noah Duzinkewycz, Eric Foster, Cole Pickard, Johnny Pletincks, Alex Renke, Brianna Sharma and Nathan Tirrell. Coaches: Donna Dasher, Ed Carlson and Tammy Hearn. Alternates: Kristen Ballard, Collin Clarkson, Grace Flaugher and Veronica Mallen-Luttgens.