When you combine math and fine arts into a competition, most people would stray away. But, for Rock Creek’s Scholars Bowl team members, they enjoy the challenge.
In Scholars Bowl, students participate in 10 rounds per tournament, answering questions about different subjects. Two of the hardest subjects, according to members, are math and fine arts because they catch students off guard.
“You really never learn all about the fine arts questions they ask,” freshman Lilly Schmitz said.
When asked what kind of questions are the hardest, junior Morgan Schwinn, a Junior Varsity team member, said “math,” because there are time limits.
All of the team members interviewed said that tournaments are not too stressful, but more for fun. The varsity and JV teams have been to Silver Lake, Sabetha, Frankfort, Chapman, Wamego, Onaga, Marysville and B&B. On Dec.13, the team hosted a tournament, where the varsity placed third.
Schmitz said, “Our [JV] team is fairly good, and we don’t have expectations, but we like to do well.”
In order to be in Scholars Bowl, students just need to talk to social studies teacher Chris Schmitz, who is the sponsor for the team. Chris Schmitz said there were no other requirements, other than being strong academically and wanting to participate.
“Just show up to practice!” Chris Schmitz said. “Being smart helps, but being assertive is more important.”
Likewise, Scholars Bowl member, senior Hanna Ruder, said, “Show up and don’t suck.”
Article and photo by Alexis McCormick, Staff Member