Students from about a dozen area high schools are scheduled to engage each other in their own wintertime mental Olympics - with berths to State tournaments on the line - during the Regional Knowledge Bowl competitions that are coming up during the last half of February.
Included in that number are teams from both Sunnyside and Grandview high schools.
The Knowledge Bowl program involves high school teams of up to six members who compete in tests of their knowledge in a broad range of areas, from history to math to literature.
Each competition involves a one-hour written round in which school team members work together to solve a list of 60 multiple-choice questions. This is followed by three oral rounds during which three school teams try to outscore each other in a series of 45-question rounds.
First up will be a competition at Ellensburg on Wednesday, Feb. 19, featuring 12 area schools including Grandview High School. In the 2A classification, the Greyhounds will compete against Ellensburg, Selah, Toppenish, Wapato, West Valley and Ephrata with the top three finishers headed to the State competition.
The Grandview team is made up of Tristan Poteet, Kassandra Prieto, Jocelyn Baca, Jose Velazquez, Alex Soberanes, Brendan Bardwell and Jose Ramos.
The written round is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m., followed by the oral rounds from approximately 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
On Tuesday, Feb. 25, Sunnyside High School will compete in the combined Regional Tournament at Kennewick First Methodist Church beginning at 9 a.m. to decide State berths for 3A schools from South Central and South Eastern Washington.
Sunnyside’s team features Curtis Tramel, Ethan Partch, Cody Woodworth, Cody Parke, Katy Cone and Ricky Medina.
Arlington High School will host the 31st annual Knowledge Bowl State Tournament for each classification on Saturday, March 22.
This year marks the 11th season of the Knowledge Bowl program in South Central Washington, and the 31st season of Knowledge Bowl as a statewide program. Knowledge Bowl functions in the region as a co-op program overseen by ESD 105 and first became available for South Central Washington schools in 2003-2004.
Last year, West Valley High School of Yakima took first place in the State 2A competition, becoming the first school from the South Central Washington region to win a state championship at Knowledge Bowl.