Educational Service District 105

Building large-scale learning improvement... one mind at a time.

High School Knowledge Bowl

Knowledge Bowl 2014

Knowledge Bowl is an athletic event for the mind, providing a high energy atmosphere as teams huddle together to plot strategies and pull together plans and answers that result in scored points.

Knowledge Bowl tests high school teams on their knowledge on science, astronomy, literature, math, current events, history, and a wide array of other subjects. This friendly academic competition offers opportunities for students to master their team building skills, participate in a competitive test of their academic knowledge, and interact with students from other schools in the region.

The activities involve practice meets that begin in late fall and continue until the Regional Knowledge Bowl meets early in the spring, when teams compete for advancement to their division's State Knowledge Bowl competition. Each team is comprised of up to six students who work together in an opening group-answer written round against all competing schools, followed by a series of oral rounds going head-to-head against one or two other teams.

ESD 105 has hosted Knowledge Bowl competition in the region since 2003-2004. Our first regional competition was held December 11, 2003.  In 2013, West Valley High School became our region's first-ever State Knowledge Bowl championship team, earning the State 2A title with a team coached by Ron Bergevin and Elizabeth Chicken.

Congratulations to our 2017 State trophy recipients:  Ellensburg (2A) and Riverside Christian (1B)!

2016-2017 Participating Schools & Contact Info:

High School Division Coach
Cle Elum-Roslyn 1A George Kreppein and Charlie Harper
Davis (Yakima)
4A Matt Norling
East Valley2A
Easton 2B (opting up from 1B)
Phil Derrick
Eisenhower (Yakima)
4A Cameron De Haven
Ellensburg 2A Marco Bicchieri
Grandview 2A Kelly Ledgerwood
Highland 1A Austin Brothers
Kittitas2BChris Richards
Riverside Christian 1B Mike Emmans
Royal 1A Eric Carlson
Selah 2A Dave Dwyer
Sunnyside 4A Jeremy Miller
Toppenish 2A Michael Ayling
Wapato 2A James Rowland
West Valley 4A (opting up from 3A)
Elizabeth Chicken and Mary Rose Tahat
White Swan (Mt. Adams) 2B Michael Clinton and Chrissa Pena
Zillah1AMark Nelson


2016-2017 Competition Activities:

Date Time Host
2A & 2B Regional for ESD 105:  Wednesday, February 15, 2017 3:30 p.m. Ellensburg High School
1A & 4A Regional for ESD 105:  Wednesday, February 22, 2017
3:00 p.m.
 West Valley High School
1B Combined Regional (ESD 105 & 123):  Monday, February 27, 2017
9:00 a.m.
Waitsburg High School
State Tournaments (all classifications):  Saturday, March 18, 2017
9:00 a.m.
Arlington High School

• 4A schools: 
   Top 2 go to State (among Davis, Eisenhower, Sunnyside, and West Valley).  2017 State qualifiers are Davis and West Valley.
• 2A schools: 
  Top 2 go to State (among Ellensburg, Grandview, Selah, Toppenish, and Wapato).  2017 State qualifiers are Ellensburg (regional champion) and Selah (runner-up)
• 1A schools: 
   Top 2 go to State (among Cle Elum-Roslyn, Highland, Royal, and Zillah).  2017 State qualifiers are Cle Elum-Roslyn and Zillah.
• 2B schools: 
   1 goes to State (among Easton, Kittitas, and White Swan).  2017 State qualifier is Easton.
• 1B schools: 
   2 go to state (Riverside Christian competing with other schools from ESD 123 region).  2017 State qualifier is Riverside Christian.

Contact Information

Elizabeth Chicken
Knowledge Bowl Coordinator