ALTA - Many may remember the old General Electric College Bowl, in which colleges from across the country competed weekly, answering questions about a variety of subjects from quiz-master Allen Ludden.
The idea quickly spread around the country, and soon many local television stations followed suit with versions of their own. In this neck of the woods, for example, the late Don Stone emceed a version for area high school students on KTIV for many years, and there have many such competitions in various forms in many schools.
The Intra-school quiz bowl is an event that is supposed to inspire and encourage high schoolers to become more involved with academic endeavors and competitions like quiz bowl. This year, Alta-Aurelia High School will field a 'Quiz Bowl' team. Aurelia has had a Science bowl team for the past two years, but that is different from the "normal" quiz bowl, as only questions about science and math are asked in the Science Bowl competition.
Because of the high interest from students in joining Alta-Aurelia's newly-formed quiz-bowl team, science instructor Will Dible, who is organizing the team, decided to put together a tournament to see which students would end up on the team(s). He again drew such a good response that he started asking how many students would be interested in a school-wide quiz bowl for just Alta-Aurelia students.
Again, because of the high interest, Dible then put out a sign-up sheet, and more than half of the 200+ students signed up. Because there was still so much interest and because so many of those interested students had other activities as well, Dible found it difficult to select a small team to represent the school. He spoke with the school administration, and they agreed to let him set up a competition day that is going to take place on Wednesday Dec. 7, when the school has an "early out" day for professional development.
On that day, about half of the student body will be participating in a double- elimination tournament, with the winning team receiving trophies and the second place team medals. The rest of the students will act as the "audience" for the competition, and also help out with scorekeeping, timing, and other duties.
This competition will also help determine which students will make up the actual competition quiz bowl team, which the school will take to compete in other tournaments and in conference matches.