Liberty Bell High School’s Knowledge Bowl team dominated competition against schools from around the region in two meets last week.
On Jan. 23, Liberty Bell traveled to Okanogan High School to compete against six other schools and a total of 16 teams. The match consisted of two oral rounds and one written round.
“The written round is an excellent gauge of a team’s strength,” Liberty Bell coach Leverett Hubbard said. “The students work together quietly to answer 50 multiple-choice questions. Liberty Bell Team 1 scored 42 out of 50 points, which was a great feat by Lazo Gitchos, Emerson Worrell, Nick Fitzmaurice and Michael Mott.”
The second-highest score in the written round was registered by Liberty Bell Team 3, made up of freshmen Per Dillingham and Alex Eslava. Hubbard said their performance was noted by other coaches and competitors.
After all the rounds, Liberty Bell Team 1 was in first place with 92 points, while second place went to Manson Team 1 with 73 points. Liberty Bell Team 2 (Tova Portman-Bown, Zach Griffin Dean Hussey and Sam Neitlich) finished fourth with 60 points, while Liberty Bell Team 3 took third place overall with 61 points.
On Monday (Jan. 28), seven schools competed at Liberty Bell, with a total of 18 teams competing. Liberty Bell Team 1 (Lazo Gitchos, Emerson Worrell, Nick Fitzmaurice and Sam Neitlich) took first place with 64 points. Manson Team 1 finished second with 34 points, barely edging out Liberty Bell Team 2 (Tova Portman-Bown, Michael Mott and Zach Griffin) with 33 points. Liberty Bell Team 3 (Lindsay Worrell, Dean Hussey and Alex Eslava) ended up in seventh place with 23 points.
Next week the team travels to Moses Lake to compete against the North Central southern teams. Liberty Bell will be matched against Moses Lake, Wenatchee and other large schools.