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Area schools advancing to State HS Knowledge Bowl at WVHS on March 23

Ellensburg, West Valley, Cle Elum-Roslyn, and Kittitas emerged with first place trophies in their divisions and are among the schools from south central Washington that are advancing to Washington State Knowledge Bowl that will be happening at West Valley on March 23.

The 37th annual Washington State Knowledge Bowl Tournament coming on March 23 will mark the first time that the statewide event will be hosted in Yakima.  Up to 18 teams from each school size classification will participate in next month’s state meet.

Knowledge Bowl competition involve high school teams of up to six members in a contest of the student’s knowledge in a broad range of academics, ranging from subject such as history, math, and English language arts.  Each tournament begins with a written round in which team members work together to solve 60 multiple-choice questions.  Teams then engage in three oral rounds of 45 questions each against one or two other schools.

Congratulations to these local teams that qualified following the ESD 105 regional meet that was held on Feb. 20 at West Valley:

6 members of Ellensburg Knowledge Bowl team with trophy • Ellensburg (pictured) — 1st place trophy winner in the 2A division at the ESD 105 regional meet, and the top overall finisher (with 100 points) among the 14 schools in that meet.  Ellensburg has placed at the past five state Knowledge Bowl events, earning 5th in state last year, 2nd in both 2017 and 2016, 5th in 2015, and  8th in 2014.

• West Valley — 1st place trophy winner in 4A, and (with 88 points) the second-highest finish among all 14 schools at the regional meet. West Valley continued the school’s streak of qualifying for state during all 16 years that the Knowledge Bowl program has been offered locally.  

• Kittitas — 1st place trophy winner in 2B, and third overall at regionals with 76 points.  Kittitas has won the 2B regional trophy for three of the past four years. 

• Cle Elum-Roslyn— 1st place trophy winner in 1A, now at a four-year streak of advancing to state. 

• Selah — 2nd place in the 2A division at the ESD 105 regional meet, and advancing to state for the 6th straight year.

• Eisenhower — 2nd place in the 4A division after squeaking past Davis by a total of 69-68.  This will be Eisenhower's 2nd straight year to state.

 Zillah High School — 2nd place tie in the 1A division with Connell High School (competing from the ESD 123 region).

• Riverside Christian — 1st place tie in the 1B division following a  state qualifier against schools from ESD 123 that was held March 4 at Pomeroy Junior/Senior High School. 

Also participating in the ESD 105 regional meet were Davis (4A), Sunnyside (4A), Toppenish (2A), Royal (1A), Highland (1A), and White Swan (2B).

Knowledge Bowl is run as cooperative by ESD 105 with member public and private schools.