As of Tuesday, February 16, 2016
ELLENSBURG Sunnyside, Grandview and Zillah will compete at the high school Regional Knowledge Bowl tournament tomorrow at Ellensburg High School.
The competition starts at 3:30 p.m. and features 18 teams, the most that have competed in the region’s 13-year history.
The event involves high school teams of up to six members testing their knowledge in a range of areas from history and math to literature.
The competition starts with a one-hour written round in which teams solve 60 questions.
Oral rounds follow with three teams trying to outscore each other.
In addition to Sunnyside, Grandview and Zillah, other teams competing are Easton, Kittitas, White Swan, Cle Elum-Roslyn, Highland, Royal, East Valley, Ellensburg, Selah, Toppenish, Wapato, Davis, Eisenhower, West Valley and Richland.
The 2016 Washington State Knowledge Bowl Tournament for all school classifications will be March 19 at Arlington High School in Arlington.
“We have the most schools ever participating this year, and have had the most teams ever competing in the local monthly meets leading up to regionals, too,” Ron Bergevin, Educational Service District No. 105 Knowledge Bowl program coordinator, said.
Bergevin is retiring this year following 13 seasons as a faculty coach for the West Valley High School team.
Bergevin, Easton’s Phil Derrick and Grandview’s Kelly Ledgerwood are among the original Knowledge Bowl coaches — the program was first offered locally in the 2003-04 school year.
Bergevin has also served as the coordinator for the regional program since 2012.