Five students from the Simla High School Matchwits put their trivia skills to the test during the Colorado State Knowledge Bowl March 15 and 16. The team competed against 60 teams from across …
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Five students from the Simla High School Matchwits put their trivia skills to the test during the Colorado State Knowledge Bowl March 15 and 16. The team competed against 60 teams from across Colorado, and earned an impressive eighth place by the time the competition was over.
“We were very happy with eighth place,” said Donna Jenkins, Matchwits coach for Simla High. “These kids worked really hard, and worked their way up to the state level after placing in the regionals. During the regional competition students compete with kids from schools ranging from 1A all the way up to 5A schools.”
The Simla team garnered first place in regionals in the category of 1A schools. Teams are made up of four students, and competitions usually consist of 50 trivia questions, with teams earning points for answering correctly. The event was held virtually this year due to COVID-19, and because of the extra time necessary, the question list was cut back to just 35 trivia questions.
Team members are allowed to consult with each other only to decide which member will answer the question, but are not allowed to discuss the answer to the question. The Simla team was able to study and prepare for the competition in person, as the school district has maintained in-person learning throughout much of COVID.
“It really helps when the kids can be together to study,” said Jenkins. “The day of competition we ended up having the blizzard, so about half our students participated from their home, while the others were together at the school.
Matchwits is a “Jeopardy”-type knowledge-based club, and has been holding competitions within schools for nearly 20 years. Jenkins said it was challenging this year due to the added technology and virtual meeting due to COVID.
“This year we were lucky enough to have an assistant, Mary Bauer, who really helped with all the extra stuff associated with doing it virtually,” said Jenkins. “These kids worked so hard, but they’ve done an amazing job and we’re so proud of them.”
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