Holyoke Brain Bowl Team Wins for the Third Year in a Row!
Eighteen students from Holyoke Elementary School Participated in the Ninth Annual Brain Bowl on February 7, 2015 that was hosted by the Sunrise Optimist Club of Ft. Morgan. In an academic competition, students. answered questions in one written round and four oral rounds in competition with another teams from elementary schools in Northeast Colorado. Each round consisted of 30 questions on a wide range of topics including math, literature, grammar, current events, history, politics, music, geography and trivia. Each team consisted of six members. All three Holyoke teams were academically competitive, and exhibited good sportsmanship as representatives of their school. At the end of five rounds, the Holyoke 3-4th grade team was in 5th place out of 11 teams in their category. The Holyoke B team, consisting of fifth and sixth grade students, was fifth place out of ten teams and the Holyoke A team was in first place with 94 points. At the end of normal competition, the top two teams from each category qualified to compete in the finals. In the championship round, the Holyoke A team competed against the team from Prairie school. Both schools teams exhibited impressive academic skills, but Holyoke won with the final score of 12 to 9. The champions were awarded a trophy that will be proudly displayed at the elementary school, and individual medals for students.
Students earned the privilege to compete on the team by scoring high on a general knowledge test. The Brain Bowl teams practice for five weeks leading up to the competition to rehearse the competition format, but students work all year long to prepare. The Holyoke Brain Bowl teams are coached by teachers Christina Martinez and Laura Loutensock.
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