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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Nov 09

RR#1 Results

Camas High School Knowledge Bowl braved the elements last night and made the long trek through the mean streets of Camas all the way over to Washougal High School for our first meet of the season. In attendance were the normal cast of characters/schools:  Columbia Adventist Academy, Washougal, White Salmon, Union, and Stevenson. In sum, things went very well and the kids did us proud once again.

In a typical League meet this year, 15 varsity and 15 JV teams compete.  That’s 30 teams competing in 10 rooms. Because of our incredibly high participation in this activity (58 on the roster), we’ve been allotted 5 varsity and 5 JV teams, 10 out of the 30 teams in the League.  Wow!  Here’s how they finished:

  • Varsity – 2nd , 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th out of 15.
    • The 2nd place Varsity #1 team actually tied for 1st with Union on total points, but were 2nd according to the tie breaker based on written round score. This team is made up of Monica C., Daniel F., Abbi J., Jesse L., and Noah T.  They amassed an impressive 108 points!  The next closest varsity was 15 points behind them.
    • By the way, Varsity 1 had, from what I know and can recall, the highest total score in an oral round that I’ve ever seen, scoring 37 points! Unheard of.
  • JV – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th out of 15. They currently hold the first 5 places in the region out of 39 total JV teams in our region.
    • For JV, the winners were, very notably, a team made up entirely of freshmen. JV#3 is Ali B., Alex G., Tyler G., Akash P., Ben S., and George W. They showed great grit and determination to best the rest of the field.

A very good start, indeed, Camas!  Congratulations.  I’ve pasted the meet scores in below for your reference if you wanted to see the specifics.  I’m very proud of all them.  Thanks for your continued support.

We will be hosting the next meet on December 6, 2017, at Camas High School. Please visit this link for a complete listing of this year’s competition dates, including the postseason: Gorge League Schedule

School Written Room Oral #1 Room Oral #2 TOTAL Place
Camas #3 46 139 24 126 25 95 1
Camas #2 44 127 19 133 24 87 2
Camas #4 42 133 23 127 20 85 3
Camas #1 44 153 16 139 20 80 4
Camas #5 34 126 18 153 20 72 5
White Salmon #2 35 133 8 126 10 53 6
Columbia Adv. #2 32 127 5 153 9 46 7
Union 31 126 8 127 7 46 8
Washougal #1 29 153 9 139 7 45 9
Columbia Adv. #1 34 153 4 133 2 40 10
Stevenson #2 27 133 6 127 6 39 11
Stevenson #1 29 139 6 126 2 37 12
White Salmon #1 25 139 3 139 7 35 13
White Salmon #3 26 126 2 133 6 34 14
Washougal #2 22 127 3 153 4 29 15


School Written Room Oral #1 Room Oral #2 TOTAL Place
Union #1 53 137 23 135 32 108 1
Camas #1 48 134 37 134 23 108 2
Camas #4 49 137 18 137 26 93 3
White Salmon #1 50 136 21 136 18 89 4
Camas #2 47 135 20 138 20 87 5
Camas #5 42 138 23 134 14 79 6
Camas #3 46 136 14 135 7 67 7
Washougal #1 42 134 9 136 12 63 8
Stevenson #1 39 135 12 138 12 63 9
White Salmon #3 41 138 10 137 7 58 10
Union #2 38 138 6 135 9 53 11
Washougal #2 37 135 10 134 6 53 12
Stevenson #2 30 136 12 136 11 53 13
Columbia Adv. 35 134 3 137 11 49 14
White Salmon #2 30 137 7 138 6 43 15

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Nov 06

Meet #1 @ WHS, Notes, etc.

Good Afternoon, Knowledge Bowlers!

At long last we are almost to our first competition. This is a quick update on the plan for the Knowledge Bowl meet that’s scheduled to take place at  Washougal High School this Wednesday, 11/8/17, including a reminder about possible weather related scenarios in our League. Yes, there’s the threat of inclement weather in the Gorge this week which could interfere with our meet.  

Here are the details for the meet:

  • Washougal High School has requested a little earlier start time for the meet than we’re accustomed to (2:00 PM),  so we’ll do an early release from 6th period at 1:30.  Students, your teachers have been notified, but please make arrangements with your 6th period teachers for work missed on Wednesday.
  • Report to the flag pole bus loading area as soon as possible after release. We will depart CHS by 1:40.  You snooze, you lose …
  • We should arrive at WHS by about 2:00 PM then start the meet shortly after that. If the meet goes well, we plan to be wrapping up by about 5:30-6:00 PM.
  • If the meets end on time as predicted, we should be arriving back at CHS between 6:00-6:30PM, but, as you know, one slow room and/or technical difficulties along the way can delay the entire meet. I’ll send out updates via Remind on our status.

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, as well as your team, please. 


Here is a reminder of our standing policy regarding meets and weather:  Basically, if even one school is unable to attend the meet due to inclement weather, the meet will not be held that day.  This usually means postponing the meet, as opposed to cancelling it.  Our first attempt would be to reschedule the meet for the following Wednesday, which in this case would be November 15th.  If for some reason that first make-up date does not work – for example, the host school is not available that date, weather strikes again, semester finals conflicts with the plans – the next move is to use an open Wednesday date later in the year, as agreed upon by all schools as the best choice.  On rare occasion we have had to cancel a meet.

Keep in mind that for most districts, if school is closed on a given day due to weather, all after school activities that day are cancelled, meaning in a case like this that the k-bowl team cannot travel to nor host a meet.  This might also be true if school has a late start, but sometimes a late start won’t result in cancellations.  I’ll email Wednesday morning if I hear of a need to reschedule.

Please email with questions … thanks for your help and support of Camas Knowledge Bowl.


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Sep 28

Welcome to the 2017-18 Knowledge Bowl Season!

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 7 weeks away (11/08). In preparation for the year, we will hold our first informational meetings and practices starting the week of 10/02/17.

There are a couple of big changes to note around practices this year. First, after many years of begging for assistants, the CSD has thankfully finally allowed for this. Thank you CSD! I’d like to welcome Mrs. Kim Newman as the new assistant coach for Knowledge Bowl. We will be splitting practices this year with A lunch practice happening in 710 with Mr. Greene. B lunch practice will be run by Mrs. Newman in room 507. Disregard the earlier message you might have received about practice in 711; that’s no longer necessary. Please show up during your regularly scheduled lunch time to reconnect with your k-bowl compadres, get some info/paperwork for this year’s season, and to do a little practice. As per usual, no practice on Thursdays, but the rest of the days you’re welcome to come and hang for your lunch period in 710 or 507.

The next big change is that we’re sadly going to have to limit the number of Knowledge Bowl participants this year, if necessary, to 60.  The last two years we’ve had 60+ participants, which is great in terms of turnout, but since the League limits the number of teams we can have, it’s led to uneven participation for the JV squads whereby some teams have had to sit out from meets.  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. I’m open to the idea, potentially, of JV team members overriding me on this, but we’ll have to see what it looks like once practices start next week. As of now, though, 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 Newman or Greene. Hard copies of this available at practice, but feel free to download from here if you’d rather.
  4. Signing up for and/or modifying your Remind info to receive vital info about k-bowl via text, email, and/or app, if you haven’t already done so:  If you received messages last year and you’re happy with your settings, no need to do anything at all. Conversely, if you’d like to cancel your Remind subscription to Knowledge Bowl for any reason, here are the instructions:

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 10/02 … Cheers!


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Mar 30

Award & Desserts Banquet

What a year, Knowledge Bowlers! Thanks for taking the time to come to the annual dessert/awards banquet this last Tuesday night, 3/28, to celebrate our growth and success. We handed out 23 academic letters, 47 service bars that denote each year of involvement in knowledge bowl past the first, and 29 “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? 68 members made up 5 Varsity and 7 JV teams. Last year’s total roster was 55!
  • Our League – Columbia River Gorge League (CRGL) – including Camas, Stevenson, Columbia Adventist Academy, White Salmon, Union, and Washougal. 15 Varsity and 15 JV teams. Camas has 12 of those 30 teams.
  • Our Region – SW WA, ESD 112. 26 Schools with 42 Varsity and 45 JV teams total. The region stretches from Ilwaco at the coast, to White Salmon in the Gorge, and north to Kelso/Longview.
  • Knowledge Bowl Statewide – All 9 ESD Regions participate, with 200+ schools involved this year.
  • Varsity League – We finished 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 7th out of 15 4A teams in our league.
  • JV League – We finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd , 4th, 5th, and 7th out of the 15 JV teams in our league, out of 42 in region.
  • JV Regional Tournament – 5 out of 7 JV teams qualified. They placed 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 8th out of 9 at the tournament this year.
  • 4A Regional Tournament – 5 Varsity teams competed at the, placing 1st, 2nd, 6th, 7th, and 8th out of 9.
  • One Varsity team qualified for state (Camas #1) and they took 4th 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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Mar 23

Skyridge Repeats as League Champs!

The Skyridge kids did us proud once again this year at the Greater St. Helens League Middle School District Tournament held on 3/23/17 at Shahala Middle School. Our Varsity #1 team, made up of 8th graders Alex, George, Lucas M., and Tommy, won it all in the final round that pitted them against the best of the best from Cascade and Shahala. Skyridge Varsity #1 advanced to the championship round after amassing the highest total points in the meet through one written and two oral rounds. Impressive. One of those students on Varsity #1, Alex, was also a member of last year’s League champion team. Well done, Alex. By the way, this is also the first time Skyridge has repeated as champions, marking the 4th League championship for our team in the last 17 years.

In the JV “international” tournament, Lucas W. and Devin teamed up with students from Wy’east, Shahala, and Covington to take home top honors as part of JV#4, edging out four other Skyridge players who also advanced to the championship round on their respective JV teams. Congrats to those students, Selina, Anabel, Aayush, and Jackson, who displayed awesome grit and fortitude to make it to the final round of competition.

All in all, it was awesome night for Skyridge!  I’m proud of all the hard work that each player did this year to learn how to work effectively with their teams and have some fun. Bravo!

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Mar 20

Camas #1 Takes 4th at State!

Camas Varsity #1 made the long trek north to Arlington High School over the weekend to compete in this year’s State Knowledge Bowl Tournament.  Matching up against the best of the best 4A teams in the state, Varsity #1 won their morning bracket (which consists of 50 written questions and four 50 question oral rounds) to advance to the afternoon competition and a chance at winning it all. In the end, though, we came up just a little short, missing out on a chance via the semi-final round to compete for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place by only three points, but Camas ended up with a solid 4th place, which is quite a remarkable feat by itself.  Camas Varsity #1 is made up of the following students: Jason Kim, Chemay Shola, Calvin Taylor, Noah Thompson, Jesse Lester, and Vincent Wu. Give them a pat on the back for a remarkable season that included their being both League and Region champs.  Nice work, Camas!

Finally, don’t forget about the Knowledge Bowl dessert/awards banquet in the CHS North Commons this next week on Tuesday night, 03/28. We’ll begin having snacks, desserts, and refreshment about 5:30. Awards will start at 6:00. I plan to be pretty brief and hopefully have us out of there between 6:30-6:45 at the latest. FYI, we’ll be handing out about 20 academic letters next week, as well as 30 or so service bars!

If you haven’t signed up yet to bring a sleeve of cookies or some other favorite treat, it’s not too late. A little bit goes a long way if you can help contribute. Sign up here: “Dessert” Sign Up.

Looking forward to celebrating the season with you.


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Mar 17

CHS Staff vs. Students Knowledge Bowl

This past Wednesday at Camas High School, the state bound CHS knowledge bowl team challenged the staff to a round of questions in an after school match of brainpower and wit. The staff, eager to defend their victory against last year’s qualifiers, rose to the challenge magnificently and gave a glorious effort, but despite assembling an impressive cast of characters from nearly every department at CHS, they went down in defeat by a score of 27-19. The students were impressive in their systematic but gracious “dismantling” of the staff, making good on their promise of coming back from last year’s loss to the staff. Apparently the staff have done too good of a job in preparing them for knowledge bowl in their classes! What a difference a year makes.

Special thanks to the following CHS staff for coming out and helping prep the kids for State:  Bruce Anderson, Joe Farland, Greg Plitt, Eric Linthwaite, Stacy Nilles, Alan Bohac, Dale Croswell, Ethan Chessin, and Charlotte Waters.

And best of luck this weekend to Camas High School Varsity #1 as they head off to State to compete against some of the best knowledge bowlers from across Washington. Varsity #1 is made up of the following students: Jason Kim, Chemay Shola, Calvin Taylor, Noah Thompson, Jesse Lester, and Vincent Wu.

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Mar 16

Skyridge Final Week

Greetings, Knowledge Bowlers!

Hard to believe it, but we are one short week away from wrapping up our season.  As per our normal tradition, we will be ending the season with a pizza party to celebrate the awesome work and fun of the season. The pizza party will be held on 03/22, from about 3:15-4:00 in room 206.  I’ll provide the pizza, but I’m asking willing parents to work together to take care of drinks, desserts, healthy options, cups, plates, cards/treats for helpers, etc.  If you’d like to help with this, please visit the following Google Drive document and you can add in your contribution:  This is a “live” document that saves automatically, so no need to worry about saving.

Also, here are some important reminders about next week’s schedule

  • Monday, 03/20, NO PRACTICE: I’ve got a conflict for the 6th and 7th grade practice that was originally scheduled for this day. Sorry.
  • Tuesday, 03/21, Meet @ Covington (Delta, Epsilon, Zeta teams)
  • Wednesday, 03/22, Pizza Party / End of season celebration
  • Thursday, 03/23, District Tournament @ Shahala (ALL teams): This meet will run longer than a typical meet. We hope to finish by about 6:00-6:30, but probably closer to 6:30.
    • Students will be early released from school after their 6th period on this day (about 1:55). They will grab their stuff and report to the bus lane for a 2PM loading. I will let their teachers know, but students are responsible for checking in with them to see about any missed work.
    • Students should bring their uniforms to wear at the tournament. I will collect them from students before they leave the tournament when they check out with me (if they’re not riding the bus back to Skyridge with me).



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Mar 06

Skyridge Notices and Updates

Good Morning, Knowledge Bowlers!

It’s a busy week for Skyridge Knowledge Bowl. This is a quick overview of the events for this week and a few calendar adjustments for next week and beyond.

To begin, we have our first away meets this week on Monday (today) and Thursday. Our Alpha, Beta, and Gamma teams will travel to Frontier today after school. Students will collect our equipment then report to the bus loading area by about 3PM to begin loading (same process for every away meet). We hope to depart by about 3:10 at the latest, as soon as the PBL students have arrived and boarded. As you know, our meets typically end between 5-5:30, as long as schools arrive on time and there are no hitches in the meet (equipment issues, a slow room, etc.). There will be a return bus to Skyridge, but If you are picking your student up at Frontier, which is perfectly fine, please be sure to check out with me before taking off so I have an accurate count for the return trip. Please note that with travel time added in, we usually return to Skyridge by about 5:30-6:00.

Thursday, we travel to Liberty with the Delta, Epsilon, and Zeta teams. Since this is an “in District” meet, there will be no return bus to Skyridge. Parents will need to pick up their students at Liberty. As mentioned earlier, we typically end our meets between 5-5:30, depending on when on all schools show up and if things go smoothly in the meet, but please plan to pick up your student by 5:30 at the latest.

Finally, the Wednesday practice for next week has been canceled. That being the case, I’ve adjusted the final week and half of practices to keep the every other day grade level practices at the same number. Please cross reference this on the calendar:

That’s it! We’re off to a great start. The kids are having fun learning how to work on a team while celebrating their minds and academic accomplishments in the classroom. As their proud coach, I couldn’t ask for more.

Email with questions. Cheers!

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Mar 01

SW Washington Regional Tourney Results, etc.

Camas High School traveled on Monday, February 27th, to Longview Community College in Longview to compete in the SW Washington Regional Knowledge Bowl Tournament. It was an auspicious day for Camas Knowledge Bowl. Here are the results:

Varsity — 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 18th at Arlington HS. Varsity #1 is anchored by seniors Jason Kim, Chemay Shola, and Calvin Taylor; juniors Noah Thompson and Jesse Lester. Bravo! Camas Varsity #2 took second place. This team is composed of seniors Shannon Wells-Moran, Krishnan Nair, Anish Prasad, and Vincent Wu; junior Daniel Fan; sophomore Rahul Ram. Had this been the old state berth system of not limiting each school to one state qualifier, these kids would have also earned a trip to the state, but, alas, that was changed this year. Let’s wish Camas #1 the best of luck as they seek to repeat a trip to the championship afternoon round where they would have a chance to compete for some more hardware for the trophy case, continuing a 7 year streak whereby CHS k-bowl teams have done so (finishing 1st, 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 6th, and 3rd at the state meet over the last seven years). Good luck at state, Knowledge Bowlers! Varsity Scores (.pdf)

JV Tourney — With 42 JV teams competing from 27 schools all across ESD 112, the nine highest scoring JV teams over our 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 5 of our 7 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 2nd and a 3rd place!  That makes them the second and third best JV teams out of all 42 in ESD 112. Again …. wow!  The other teams finished 4th, 6th, and 8th.  The 2nd place trophy went home with JV#4. They are made up of Sam Walters, Issac Duquette, Addison Gonzalez, Jordan Chase, Junha Lee, and Jaden Kim.  JV# 1, the team that took home the 3rd place trophy, is comprised of Jesse Kim, Maia Kawamura, Jason Liu, Christopher Xia, and Yun Ma.  A great showing. 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 sportsmanship you displayed and honed this season.  No matter the outcome for you and your team yesterday, I hope you can take some solace in being a part of the well-oiled machine that is Camas Knowledge Bowl!

On to state later this month. Thanks for your support this year!

P.S. The awards dessert banquet is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28th, in the North Commons, from 5:30-7:00. Details forthcoming.

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