Sunnyside team competes at Knowledge Bowl


The Sunnyside High School Knowledge Bowl team was a fourth place finisher in the 4A Schools portion of the 2018 Knowledge Bowl contests. Coach and team members are, front, left to right: coach Jeff Miller, Elizabeth Ruldo and Daisy Abonzo, back: Erik Birrueta, George Heisey and Abraham Hernandez.

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The Sunnyside High School Knowledge Bowl team was a fourth place finisher in the 4A Schools portion of the 2018 Knowledge Bowl contests. Coach and team members are, front, left to right: coach Jeff Miller, Elizabeth Ruldo and Daisy Abonzo, back: Erik Birrueta, George Heisey and Abraham Hernandez.



— The Sunnyside High School Knowledge Bowl team came up short in the 4A school division at the regional competition last week.

The team, coached by Jeff Miller, earned 67 total points, with 36 in the written round and 31 in the oral rounds. Members of the Sunnyside team are Elizabeth Ruldo, Daisy Abonzo, Erik Birrueta, George Heisey and Abraham Hernandez.

In the 4A division, West Valley (Yakima) and Eisenhower ended regulation play in an 89-89 tie at end of the third oral round. A tiebreaker round of 11 oral questions resulted in a 92-91 victory for West Valley, giving West Valley the No. 1 seed to state and Eisenhower the No. 2 slot.

It was the team from Ellensburg High School that emerged as the top overall point-getter during the week’s regional qualifier for the 2018 state High School Knowledge Bowl Tournament. The team qualified without taking part in the scheduled final round of oral questions.

Also among the 4A competitors at Educational Service District 105 Regional Knowledge Bowl competition was Davis (80 total points, with 36 in the written round and 44 in the three oral rounds).

Ellensburg was one of six area schools to advance to state. Selah High School joined Ellensburg in qualifying for state in the 2A division that was hosted at Ellensburg High School Feb. 14.

Among the 4A teams, West Valley will advance as the region’s first place finisher and Eisenhower will advance as the second-place school.

Additionally, Cle Elum-Roslyn earned the region’s sole 1A slot to state, and Kittitas emerged with the region’s only 2B spot for state.

Next month’s 36th annual Washington State Knowledge Bowl tournaments takes place March 17, at Arlington High School.

The state event will involve as many as 18 teams from each school size classification.

Knowledge Bowl competition involves high school teams of as many as six members in a contest of the student’s knowledge in a broad range of academics, ranging from subject such as history, math, and English language arts. Each tournament begins with a written round in which team members work together to solve 60 multiple-choice questions. Teams then engage in three oral rounds of 45 questions each against one or two other schools.

At the regional competition, Ellensburg correctly answered 45 of the 60 questions in the written round (tying with West Valley), then collected an additional 62 points in the next two oral rounds. Because of an error in the oral rounds during which Ellensburg and another team had been presented a list of questions intended for a later round, Ellensburg chose to sit out of competing for its third oral round, having already amassing 107 total points at that point (52 points ahead of the closest 2A competitor) and mathematically securing the 2A regional championship by that point.

Ellensburg placed second at state during both 2017 and 2016, was fifth in 2015, and took eighth in 2014. Ellensburg’s team members this year are Ryan Lubinski, Henry Donahue, Camille Bruya, Aaron Rosser and Audrey Piacsek. The team’s faculty coach is Marco Bicchieri.

Selah is advancing to state for the fifth consecutive year after totaling 66 points, coming from 37 points in the written round and 29 during the three oral rounds. The Selah team’s coach is Dave Dwyer.

Other participating 2A schools at the regional event were Wapato (52 total points, with 26 points in the written round and 26 points in the three oral rounds) and Toppenish (32 total points, with 26 points in the written round and 6 points in the oral round.



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