splits at INEEL District
Traveling to Moscow Monday, Summit Academyís Academic (Knowledge Bowl) team competed for the first time ever in the annual Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Lab District Science and Math contest, and came away with two victories and two defeats, missing a chance to advance on to state with the five teams of the 14 which participated.
By luck of the random draw, Summit matched up with the Couer díAlene Charter school in round one, which swept through the tourney undefeated, and qualified for the state contest later in March in 1st place. Summit fell behind early in the contest, but came on strong at the end to lose by a respectable 145 to 100 score.
In the loser bracket, Summit next edged Wallace High School 90 to 70, then eliminated CV of Kooskia by a narrow 60 to 55 score, coming from behind at the very end, with Jacob Uhlenkott and Shane Wemhoff answering the last two questions at the very end to come back from a 40 to 55 deficit.
Summitís fourth round turned out to be a reversal of the CV match, as Summit led all of the way over Troy, only to fall behind at the very end by a score of 120 to 105. Troy went on to lose by five points to Nezperce, giving Nezperce the fifth and final team to state. Taking the first four spots were Couer dí Aleneís charter school, second went to Montrose private school of Moscow, third went to Logos, also of Moscow, and fourth went to Potlatch high school.
Mark Uhlenkott proved to be the high scorer for the Patriots, accumulating 80 points over the four matches, with Dylan Greene, Shane Wemhoff and Jacob Uhlenkott not far behind, making up the front four panels for the team. Summitís back row of three, used on bonus questions, was Brandon Rehder, Stephen Spencer and Amber Nuxoll, with Elaine Rehder and Lauren Wemhoff rounding out the team.
On the strength of very strong performances in the first two matches, Greene was selected to the all-star team, edging out teammate Uhlenkott in the process. With all members returning next year, the Patriots are looking forward to perhaps even a better finish next year, and a possible trip to state. Winners there receive an all expense paid trip to nationals, held annually in Washington D.C.
Junior High Knowledge Bowl team competes at CV
Traveling to CV Monday evening, Summitís slim academic team, down to five from the 10 normally expecting to attend, finished with 100 points to end up in the middle of the 17 team pack from area schools.
Eighth graders Zach Frei, Lynn Rehder and Christa Wilson aided by seventh graders Joseph Lustig and Brianne Stubbers stayed with the top third during rounds one and two, but dropped behind in the third, then closed strong with a correct answer on their final large venture.
Knowledge bowl action continues for junior high teams with a match in Nezperce April 5, and a high school session at Highland March 15.