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Riverside Christian posts 1B title win at 2019 State Knowledge Bowl Tournament!

Riverside Christian Knowledge Bowl team an coach with 1B championship trophy Riverside Christian High School of Yakima came away with its first-ever state 1B championship trophy during the 37th annual Washington State Knowledge Bowl tournament that was hosted at Yakima’s West Valley High School on Saturday, March 23.  This was the first time West Valley served as the site for statewide event, which featured teams representing 96 high schools from throughout Washington.

Riverside Christian’s state title comes a year after the school had to settle for 2nd place after losing the 2018 state championship due to a tiebreaker round with West Sound Academy of Poulsbo.  This year, West Sound Academy was again among the two other schools that Riverside Christian faced during the title round, but this time Riverside Christian easily dominated play throughout the final match to determine first place.

Said Riverside Christian faculty coach Mike Emmans:  "We were glad to be a part of the competition and appreciative of the chance to compete during the regular season with local teams.  We also appreciate the work that Elizabeth Chicken and ESD 105 puts into the season and the state meet."

Members of Riverside Christian’s first-ever state Knowledge Bowl championship team (pictured here) are:  Malissa Campbell, Sarah Immel, Justin Klingele, Zach Bethel, Jessica Vye, and Joseph Allen.

Riverside Christian is only the second school from the south central Washington region to ever win a state title in Knowledge Bowl.  West Valley High School was the first to accomplish that, earning the state 2A championship in 2013.

Also during Saturday’s state competition, Ellensburg High School came away with the 8th place trophy among the 2A schools.  Last Saturday’s finish built Ellensburg to a six-year streak of collecting trophies in the state Knowledge Bowl competition. 

Knowledge Bowl involves high school teams of up to six members in a contest of the students’ knowledge in a broad range of academic areas, with questions ranging in topics from math and science to history and language arts.  Four of the school size divisions at state this year involved competitions involving 18 teams, with the exception of the 1B and 3A divisions, which both involved a field of 12 teams.

The 37th annual Washington State Knowledge Bowl state tournament for each division began with a preliminary written round during which team members worked together for 45 minutes to solve a list of multiple-choice problems.  Teams then engaged in a series of four 50-question oral rounds, during which each team faced two other schools.  Teams that finished in the top half of the field during the morning’s preliminary events advanced into the afternoon’s semifinal and championship oral round to vie for trophies.  State trophies were awarded for 1st through 6th place for the 1B and 3A schools, and for 1st through 9th place for schools in all of the other size classifications.

Schools qualified for the Washington State Knowledge Bowl during regional meets that were held on Feb. 20 and (for Riverside Christian) March 4.  Six other teams from our region participated at the March 23 statewide event at West Valley High School, but did not advance beyond Saturday morning’s preliminary rounds.  The other local area teams competing at state this year were:  West Valley (4A, and competing at state Knowledge Bowl for all 16 years that the program has been available to schools in the south central Washington region), Eisenhower (4A, making its second consecutive trip to state), Selah (2A, making its sixth  straight trip to state), Cle Elum-Roslyn (1A, making its fourth consecutive appearance at state), Zillah (1A), and Kittitas (2B, appearing at state for the third time in the past four years).

Knowledge Bowl is offered to south central Washington’s schools through a co-op program facilitated by Educational Service District 105.

Further information about the 2019 Washington State Knowledge Bowl, including all final results, can be found at: