Windsor High School Knowledge Bowl team wins State Championship
April 1, 2017
Head Coach for the Windsor High School Knowledge Bowl team, Michael Thompson thinks the team's recent State Championship title was and effort made by the entire Windsor community.
"From the teacher in second grade who taught a student to read or a parent who gave a child a book, these student grew through their educational experience to what they are now," Thompson said.
The Knowledge Bowl team competed against Roosevelt High School and Air Academy March 13, for a two-day competition at Colorado State University.
"It felt pretty darn good," Thompson said, reacting to his teams win.
Thompson competed in the Knowledge Bowl when he was a student at Windsor High School. Also an athlete, Thompson liked how the Knowledge Bowl team allowed him to show off his academic side, too.
"These young men and women have to juggle their time between their studies, robotics and the football team. It can be a lot," he said.
The team practiced since October, meeting twice a week during their lunch breaks to prepare for competitions.
Competitions consist of one written round where all four teammates can confer with each other for answers. In the second round teams are divided into rooms for the oral portion. There, a reader asks a question and a team member can buzz in with an answer, but cannot confer with teammates.
"The team had to get to know each other and since some rounds don't allow talking, you have to trust your team experts," Thompson said.
While the Knowledge Bowl State Championship is not as rowdy as other competitions that does not stop Thompson from treating it like any other sport that requires strategy.
"We're not talking all the time but were reacting," he said. " We might give a little fist bump or a nod to celebrate."
The team is comprised of seven varsity members, six of which are seniors.
Last year the team came in second at state. This year they finished their regular season third overall and came in first for regionals.
"I'm proud of the entire community, the school district and the seven competitors who embodies what it means to be a Wizard," Thompson said.