Dec 01


Knowledge Bowl is kind of like a team Jeopardy competition. A school’s Knowledge Bowl team is made up of smaller teams, each consisting of generally 4 – 6 team members. Our school’s teams compete against other teams from neighboring schools to see who can answer the most questions in math, science, history, English, social studies, etc.

During each competition, teams compete in a written round (45 multiple-choice questions in middle school, 60 for high school) and two oral rounds (45 questions each round, except for 60 each in high school). The winning team is based on the total number of questions answered correctly in all three rounds.

The high school regular season runs from October through February.  The middle school season runs from February through March.

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Sep 14

Let’s get ready to rumble: K-Bowl 2018-19 Info!

Greetings, Knowledge Bowlers!

It’s that time of the year to fire up Knowledge Bowl practice and get ready for our first meet, which, believe it or not, is only about 10 weeks away (11/07). In preparation for the year, we will hold our first informational meetings and practices starting the week of 10/01/18.

There are a couple of changes to note around k-bowl and our practices this year.

First, I’d like to welcome Mr. Alan Bohac as the new assistant coach for Knowledge Bowl. He is taking over for Mrs. Newman who left the CSD last spring for other opportunities. He’s helped provide a space and supervision for practices in the past, so many of you know him already. Welcome, Mr. Bohac!

Second, just like in year’s past, practices will be held four days a week this year, but instead of no practice on Thursdays, we will now have Wednesday as our no practice day. In short, practices will happen Monday through Tuesday, and Thursday through Friday.  Once again we will be splitting practices this year with A lunch practice happening in 710 with Mr. Greene. B lunch practice will be run by Mr. Bohac in room 507. Please show up during your regularly scheduled lunch time starting the week of 10/01/18 to reconnect with your k-bowl compadres, get some info/paperwork for this year’s season, and to do a little practice. Remember, no practice on Wednesdays this year, but the rest of the days you’re welcome to come and hang for your lunch period in 710 or 507.

The next big reminder is that we have to limit the number of Knowledge Bowl participants, if necessary, to 60 total.  When we’ve had 60+ participants in the past, which is great in terms of turnout, it’s made it tough for us to compete since the League limits the number of teams we can have and the size of teams is limited to six participants. It has also lead  led to uneven participation for the JV squads whereby some teams have had to sit out from meets, which is no fun for those teams.  On top of that, we can’t get more than about 60 on a bus for our away meets, so it’s really kind of a necessity.  So … the first 60 to have all of their registrations and related paperwork completed and fees paid will be the ones participating this year.  

Speaking of which, your successful registration and enrollment in Knowledge Bowl this year consists of the following:

  1. Online registration
  2. $40 “pay to play” fee paid to the CHS ASB office by check or cash. This helps cover transportation, food, awards, League fees, etc. You also have the option of paying for this online with a credit card (3.5% service fee):
  3. The enrollment paperwork and permissions form to be completed and handed in to Bohac or Greene. Hard copies of this available at practice, but feel free to download from here if you’d rather.
  4. Signing up for Remind info to receive vital info about k-bowl via text, email, and/or app:  We cleared this class of all participants, so you’ll need to sign up again, even if you were signed up last year.

Looking forward to a great, fun year hanging out with you all and bowling for knowledge. As always, email with questions and/or stop by and see me in 710. We’ll see you on 10/01 … Cheers!


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Apr 13

2018 Awards Banquet Recap

What a year, Knowledge Bowlers! Thanks for taking the time to come to the annual dessert/awards banquet Wednesday,  3/28, to celebrate our growth and success. We handed out 18 academic letters, 40 service bars that denote each year of involvement in knowledge bowl past the first, and 18 “lamp of knowledge” pins for those just beginning their CHS Knowledge Bowl careers.  Wow!

Here’s a quick recap of the season:

  • How many members and teams? 58 members made up 5 Varsity and 5 JV teams.
  • Our league – Columbia Gorge – including Camas, Stevenson, Columbia Adventist Academy, White Salmon, Union, and Washougal. 15 Varsity and 15 JV teams.
  • What are the meets like? Written Round, Oral Rounds, Round Robin Format.
  • Our Region – SW WA, ESD 112. 27 Schools with 42 Varsity and 39 JV teams total.
  • Knowledge Bowl Statewide – All 9 ESD Regions participate, with 200+ schools involved this year.
  • Varsity League – We finished 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th out of 15 4A teams in our league.
  • JV League – We finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd , 4th, 5th, , out of the 15 JV teams in our league, out of 39 in region.
  • 5 out of 5 JV teams qualified for the JV Regional Tournament: They placed 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th out of 9.
  • 5 Varsity teams competed at the 4A Regional Tournament, placing 1st, 2nd, 6th, 7th, and 8th out of 9.
  • One Varsity team qualified for state and they took 7th Place in the 4A State tournament, pretty awesome!

Many thanks to the kids for a fine and fun year. Thanks especially to the graduating seniors. We will miss you! And thank you so much to the parents and guardians for supporting our program.

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Apr 13

2017-18 CHS K-Bowl Yearbook Photo!

Here we are (all of us who could make it to the picture date), in all of our glory. Congrats on a great season, CHS!

2017-18 Camas High School Knowledge Bowl, Head Coach Sam Greene, Assistant Coach Kim Newman

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Mar 21

2018 State Tournament Results

Camas Varsity #1 headed off to State this past weekend for the 9th consecutive year. After the morning prelims, Camas had the #1 State high score across all divisions and classifications! In the afternoon semi-final round, though, Camas came up just a little short, taking third place in their semi-final room, which qualified them to play for 7th, 8th, or 9th place. Camas did not disappoint in the afternoon’s final round, easily winning the room and a State finish of 7th place. Congrats! Camas Varsity #1 is made up of Jesse Lester, Noah Thompson, Abby Jiang, Monica Chang, Daniel Fan, and Rahul Ram.

On a personal note, I’d like to say how very proud I am of this team and the hard work and sportsmanship they displayed all season long to become one of the most prolific teams Camas has ever fielded. Bravo! And we extend the very best of wishes to our seniors on this team (Lester, Thompson, and Fan) as they conclude their storied Camas knowledge bowl careers spanning the last seven years, all the way from middle through high school. It has been my privilege to watch them grow and mature into the fine young adults they are. Roll, ‘Makers!

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Mar 20

GSHL Middle School Tournament Recap

So another season comes to an end.  Skyridge did well last night in the varsity tournament, but Varsity 1, made up of Jackson Chase, Jeremy Mohn, Sunny Wang, and Ashton Doane, came up just a little shy in the end, losing out to a very strong Cascade team by only 3 points.

In the “International”/JV tournament, we had four Skyridge kids who competed on the mixed school teams that made it to the final round, with Yehyun Kim’s team winning the trophy!  Congrats!

Thank you for a great season, Skyridge.  I hope you can take some pride in being a part of the well-oiled machine that is Skyridge knowledge bowl.  We’ll see you next year, hopefully, either at Skyridge or CHS knowledge bowl.

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Mar 13

Staff vs. Students Results

Close one this year, folks. A spirited and determined staff team of Linthwaite, Hamann, Bohac, Chase, and Hicks gave the kids a run for the money, just losing out to State bound Varsity #1 by a score of 22-16. Congrats to Varsity #1 (Noah Thompson, Jesse Lester, Abigail Jiang, Monica Chang, Rahul Ram, and Daniel Fan), and a huge thank you to all staff for the support, encouragement, and training you’ve provided these kiddoes through the years.

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Mar 03

2018 SWWRT Recap and Results

Camas High School traveled this past Monday to Lower Columbia College and competed in the SW Washington Regional Knowledge Bowl Tournament. It was an auspicious day for CHS Knowledge Bowl.  We won the varsity tournament, placing first overall, thus qualifying one of our teams to go to state. And the JV teams also did very well, placing first overall and third place out of nine total!  In short, the kids did us proud once again.

Varsity Tourney — At the SW WA Regional Varsity Tournament held this past Monday, Camas had 5 teams compete in the 4A division tourney of 9 total teams. Congratulations to Camas Varsity #1 who took home top honors in the tourney, earning first place and a trip to the state tournament, which will be held on Sat. March 17th at Arlington HS. Varsity #1 is made up of Noah Thompson, Jesse Lester, Daniel Fan, Monica Chang, Abigail Jiang, and Rahul Ram.  Let’s wish Camas #1 the best of luck as they head off to State where they will have a chance to compete for some more hardware for the trophy case, continuing an 8 year streak whereby CHS k-bowl teams have done so (finishing 1st, 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 6th, 3rd, and 4th at the state meet over the last eight years). Good luck at State, Knowledge Bowlers! Varsity Scores (.pdf)

JV Tourney — In the course of the regular knowledge bowl season, some 41 JV teams compete from about 27 schools all across ESD 112 region. After the final regular season match, the nine highest scoring JV teams over the course of the four regular season meets are invited to compete in the JV Invitational Tourney, which was also held this past Monday in Longview.  This year, Camas HS k-bowl qualified all 5 of our JV teams, claiming 5 of the team spots in this 9-team JV tourney. Wow!  And they did very well. Two of our Camas teams brought home trophies, earning a 1st and a 3rd place!  That makes them the first and third best JV teams out of all 41 in ESD 112.  Again …. wow!  The 1st place trophy went home with freshmen phenoms JV#3, after they edged out the competition in an exciting tie breaker. They are Ali Burris, Alex Gee, Tyler Gee, Akash Prasad, Ben Saunders, and George Walker.   JV# 4, the team that took home the 3rd place trophy, is comprised of Rose Leveen, Walter Scheldorf,  Yozen Fang, Ethan Hansen, Alex Duquette, and Yun Ma.  A fine showing by all, indeed. Bravo! JV Scores (.pdf)

Great season, Camas Knowledge Bowl.  I’m very proud of all of you and the hard work you put into attending practice, learning how to work more effectively with a team, and on the impressive sportsmanship you displayed and honed this season.  No matter the outcome for you and your team this week, I hope you can take some solace in being a part of the well-oiled machine that is Camas Knowledge Bowl!

Thanks for your support this year!

P.S. CHS Staff vs. Varsity #1 practice oral round match is set for 03/13/18 from 2:30-3:15 in room 710 at CHS. The awards dessert banquet is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, March 28th, in the North Commons, from 5:30-7:00. Details forthcoming.

Gorge League Varsity Scores 2017-18 & Gorge League JV Scores 2017-18

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Feb 21

2018 SW Washington Regional Tournament

On Monday, February 26th, Camas High School Knowledge Bowl will travel with its qualifying teams (all varsity teams; and all JV teams who, once again, were in the top 9 out of about 40 in our League and thus qualified to attend this invitational meet …) to the Southwest Washington Varsity/JV Regional Tournament in Longview. Students will be released after 1st period. They should quickly gather their stuff and report immediately to the flagpole bus loading area.  We will then travel to Longview and compete in the tournament held at Longview CC and Mark Morris High School. This is an all day event for us.

After competition, we will have dinner en route to home at Vernie’s Pizza (see the note about ordering below), then return to CHS between 7 and 8:00 PM. Students should plan on either bringing their own lunch, dinner food, and snacks AND/OR money for those meals. For a more detailed listing of the day’s events, please see below.

For JV, this tournament will conclude the regular and post season, as well as practices for the year.  If Varsity qualifies a team for State, we will focus on having Varsity only practices for the next few weeks leading up to the 03/17/18 State Tournament.

As usual, if you can’t make it to this tournament for any reason, please let me AND your team know immediately. Last year this tournament was on the the first day of spring practice, and I think that’s also true this year.  If that’s the case, please communicate with your coaches to let them know of your interest and that you’ll be with them the very next day. It’s important that you uphold your commitment to Knowledge Bowl. I’m sure your coaches will understand, since they’ll be looking for that same level of commitment from you in your sport.

Nice season, CHS Knowledge Bowl.  Let’s finish strong!


  • 8:40 – Released after 1st period; report immediately to flag pole for bus loading.
  • 9:00 – Depart for Longview
  • 10:15 – Arrive, deliver equipment and meet materials, pick up packets, eat sack lunch and/or visit grocery store across the street – Lower Columbia College Gym.
  • 11:30 – Opening and Welcome Assembly (All Varsity and JV teams) – LCC Gym.
  • 12:10 – Written Round Begins – LCC Gym (Varsity), and Mark Morris classrooms (JV).
  • 1:00 – Oral Round #1 – Assigned Rooms.
  • 2:00 – Oral Round #2 – Assigned Rooms.
  • 3:00 – “Championship” Oral Round – Assigned Rooms.
  • 4:15 – Final Results, Awards (All Teams) – LCC Student Center.
  • 5:00 – Dinner at Vernie’s Pizza … team or group of choice need to place order by morning of 02/26: Vernie’s Pizza Order Form
  • 6:15 – Depart for CHS
  • 7:30 – 8:00 – Arrive at CHS

Competition Locations – Both the Varsity and the JV competitions will take place on the campus of LCC. (This is a change for the JV Tourney, which has previously been held at Mark Morris HS).  The location for the Written Round is the gym for all teams.

Substitutions – Substitutions in both the varsity and JV meets will be allowed only once during an oral round, after question #25, since each oral round will consist of 50 questions.

“Championship” Round – The 3rd Oral Round will be conducted as a Championship Round. Scores obtained previously during the day will be used to determine how teams are grouped for this round. Only the scores obtained during the 3rd Oral Round will determine final team places. All ties will be broken as needed.

Breaking Ties – Ties between rounds will be broken by comparing previous scores. For example, if a tie exists after Oral #1, the written round score will be used, while if a tie exists after Oral #2, the scores after Oral #1 will be used, and so on. If these are also tied, a coin toss will be used. The only exceptions are when state qualifying places are involved at the end of Oral Round #2 or the Championship Round (Oral Round #3). In such a case, a 10-question playoff will be held for the two teams involved (or 15 questions for three teams). If still tied, questions will be read in sets of 5 until the tie is broken.

Qualifying for State – The top two finishing 4A schools, the top four 3A schools, the top three 2A schools, the top three 1A schools, and the top two B schools will each qualify a team for the State Tournament. (Keep in mind the state rule that each school may send only one team to state.)

State Meet T-Shirts – Please note that on the state website you will find information about ordering this year’s commemorative State Meet T-Shirt.  This is our fundraiser for the year, so please consider buying a shirt, whether you’re going to State or not.

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Feb 15

Skyridge Teams and Meet Rotations

Greetings, Knowledge Bowlers!

It’s hard to believe it, but we’re a mere week away from the start of the regular season.  This message is an important review of our teams and the meet rotation process that I’ve shared with the kids over the last couple of days in practice.

As mentioned in a previous email, due to our excellent participation in this program, we can only offer three regular season meets AND the district tournament for each student this year.  We are somewhat unusual in this respect.  Whereas each school at each meet brings three teams of 6-8 players and very often has trouble filling those slots, we have a whopping 6 teams with roughly 8 on each squad, totaling about 48 knowledge bowlers in our program this year. You can see our “dilemma”.

To help make sense of this, I’ve pasted in below a link to a document that includes the students’ teams, as well as the meets they’ll be competing in this year.  Please note that we use Greek alphabet letters (alpha, beta, gamma, etc.) for our team names for the purpose of organizing ourselves internally, but that in competition we are always named as either Skyridge 1, 2, or 3.  If you’re trying to find which room your student is in at competition, you’ll need to know both their team name and Skyridge team number.  I can help with this if you’re unsure, but the link below should help you and the students figure out when they’re competing, where they’re competing, and what their team designation (Skyridge 1, 2, or 3) will be for that meet (and the remainder of the season).  Here’s the link:

Next week on 2/21, we will host Frontier and Liberty at Skyridge for our first meet of the season.  Half of our six teams will compete that day. By the way, each meet consists of a written round and two oral rounds.  We try to start the written portion of the meet by about 3:30. The two oral rounds will usually be concluded shortly after/around 5:00-5:15 PM.  So students should be ready for pick up by about 5:15-5:30 on meet days (later on away meets), provided all schools show up on time and the meet goes smoothly.  If you’ve never witnessed knowledge bowl before, I’d encourage you to check it out.  Be assured that parents are always welcome at the meets.  The written round isn’t very good for spectators, but the oral rounds that usually start about 3:45-4:00 are pretty fun to watch.

If you have any questions about the info in this message, please feel free to email me.  As always, thank you for your support.


P.S. Don’t forget to check out the recently updated practice calendar found here:

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Feb 04

RR#4 Meet Info

Dear Knowledge Bowlers,

This is a quick update on the plan for the Knowledge Bowl meet that’s scheduled to take place at Stevenson High School this Wednesday, 02/07/18.

Here are the details for the meet:

  • Stevenson High School has requested a start time of about 2:15,  so we’ll do an early release from class or lunch at 12:45.  Keep in mind that this is a late start day, so that 12:45 release time coincides with either the midway point of B lunch OR the last bit of 3rd period.  You will miss all of 5th period. Students:  Please make arrangements with your 3rd and/or 5th  period teachers for work missed on Wednesday.
  • Report to the flagpole bus loading area as soon as possible after release. We will depart CHS at 1:00 PM sharp. By the way, if you know that you won’t be able to attend this meet, for whatever reason, please email me and let me know ASAP, as well as your team. 
  • We should arrive at SHS by about 2:00 PM then start the meet right around 2:15. If the meet goes well, we plan to be wrapping up by about 5:30 PM.
  • We will have dinner en route home. We’ll be stopping at Andrew’s Pizza in Stevenson. Students will need to bring money for dinner and/or a dinner of their own.
  • I’m asking that students form small groups for ordering and that they make a plan ahead of time for a pre-order by having one person from each group submit a pre-order on this form:  Andrew’s Pizza Pre-Order
  • Please have your order submitted by the end of the day on Tuesday.
  • If all goes as planned, we should be arriving back at CHS between 7:30-8:30 PM, but, as you know, one slow room and/or technical difficulties can delay the entire meet. I’ll send out updates via Remind on our status.

Once again, If for some reason you’re unable to make it to the meet and you haven’t yet informed me and your team, you need to let us know immediately.

Let’s finish the regular season strong, Camas!


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