Winona High Knowledge Bowl team advances to state meet

Winona High Knowledge Bowl team advances to state meet
Smiling students hold up a sign and a trophy after winning a knowledge contest

For the first time in a decade, Winona Senior High School is sending a Knowledge Bowl team to the state meet. 

A team consisting of Rachel Lepper, Luke Smeby, Freyja Wolfe, Nate Dennis and Maddie Chernega placed first out of 47 teams in Tier AA at the regional meet Monday at Wood Lake Meeting Center in Rochester. 

The state meet will be held at Cragun’s in Brainerd, Minn., on April 13-14. 

The Knowledge Bowl competitions, sponsored by the Minnesota Service Cooperative, are interdisciplinary academic contests for students. The Senior High Knowledge Bowl is for students in Grades 9-12. 

During the contest, teams of students compete in written and oral rounds by answering questions related to all areas of learning, typical of secondary educational programs. Questions test students’ recall, problem solving and critical thinking skills. This competition provides a format for student growth centered around academics. Teams consist of five students (five competing in the written round and four competing in each oral round). 

The Regional Knowledge Bowl event is sponsored by the Southeast Service Cooperative in Rochester.

Winona sent three teams to the regional competition. Two teams from Northfield claimed spots 2-3 in Tier AA, while Houston was the top finisher in Tier A. Rushford-Peterson was second in Tier A. 

The WSHS Knowledge Bowl team advisor is Sarah Dixen.