Team Selection and Pizza Practice

Greetings, Knowledge Bowlers!

It’s time for us to form teams and get ready for competition. Here’s some info for that process.

We want to do well in Knowledge Bowl, but we also want to have fun. Part of having fun and doing well is being with people that share your interests and desires. To that end, I’m asking for your input about the people that you’d like to work with this year.

Whenever possible, I’ll try to honor your wishes and desires as I work to put together the magnificent puzzle that will be our 5 Varsity and 6 JV teams. Inevitably, though, there will be some issues to work through with this. Thanks in advance for your patience with this process. Use this link to give your input for the teams this year:

By the way, you must logon to this form with your CSD#117 Google logon to do this. If you’re name isn’t on this list, then you haven’t registered.

Please complete this by 10/21/16 (Friday) to have your input considered.

The first draft of teams will be revealed at our annual Pizza Party Practice on 10/26/16, from 6-8 PM in room 710. Additionally, we will also, of course, eat some pizza and do a couple of quick practice written rounds. Please plan on being there so we can take care of our teams and get the practice needed for our first meet.

Questions? Email me or come see me in 710 during practice.

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Week 1 Practice Update

Knowledge Bowlers,

We’re off to a great start. Thank you for taking the time to attend at least a couple of practices this week. As of today, we have about 66 of you who have registered for Knowledge Bowl … WOW!  Thank you for the enthusiasm.  Attendance and paperwork will be a crucial factor in determining who’s eligible for participation this year, as we work to come up with about 60 participants at each meet, so please try to make it to practices on a regular basis and turn in all your forms/paperwork. If you haven’t gotten the paperwork for Knowledge Bowl yet, here’s a link to the form if you need it: 

We have one practice left this week on Friday, so please plan on attending this mandatory practice so we can distribute paperwork and talk about next week’s practices.  FYI, next week is a short week for us.  Practice will only happen Monday-Wednesday (no practice on Thursdays, ever, and no school on Friday). You’ll be with guest coach Dale Croswell, former CHS Knowledge Bowl coach and general K-Bowl guru.

Pay to play fee is due by the first meet. Checks for $40, payable to CHS, can be brought to the ASB window before school, after school, or during lunches.  If you need help with paying this, please see me. There are scholarships available if you’re in need.



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Welcome to the 2016-17 GSHL 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 6 weeks away (11/02).

We will hold our first practice starting the week of Monday, 10/03/16.  Please show up in 710 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.

One of the things you’ll do on day 1 of your practice next week is to register for the program. Use this form to give me some vital info I’ll need for k-bowl this year:

Don’t forget to sign up for and/or modify your Remind info to receive vital info about k-bowl via text, email, or even both, if you haven’t already done so:  If you received messages last year and your 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 10/03 … Cheers!


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2015-2016 CHS Knowledge Bowl

Nice work this season, Knowledge Bowlers. Here we are (a good portion of us, at least) in all of our glory for the year book!
Knowledge Bowl 2015-16

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Camas Places at State; Awards Night 03/23

Camas Knowledge Bowl qualified two teams for this year’s State Tournament that we attended this past weekend in Arlington, WA. While Camas #2 (represented by Daniel Fan, Jesse Lester, Monica Chang, and Abigail Jiang) just narrowly missed qualifying for afternoon competition, Camas #4 managed to take 3rd place out of all 4A schools! That’s quite an accomplishment for the kids. To give you an idea of how close the competition was, we missed out on being state champions by only 3 points!  Camas #4 was anchored at State this year by Rachel Duquette, Jason Kim, Chemay Shola, Calvin Taylor, and Noah Thompson (Colton Ratcliff was unable to attend).  Congratulations, Camas Varsity #4 (Camas #1 at the tourney). Both teams are already plotting and planning for next year’s run!

Finally, don’t forget about the Knowledge Bowl dessert/awards banquet in the CHS North Commons this week on Wednesday night. We’ll start 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 Wednesday night, 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 tomorrow. See below for the full agenda.



Overview of Evening – Get dessert first at about 5:30, then Awards starting at about 6:00.

  1. Official Welcome (about 6:00)
  2. About Knowledge Bowl at CHS:
    1. How many members and teams? 55 members made up 4 Varsity and 7 JV teams.
    2. Our league – Columbia Gorge – 6 Schools including Camas, Stevenson, Columbia Adventist Academy, White Salmon, HeLa, Union. 12 Varsity and 15 JV teams.
    3. What are the meets like? Written Round, Oral Rounds, Round Robin Format.
    4. Our Region – SW WA, ESD 112. 26 Schools with 42 Varsity and 42 JV teams total.
    5. Knowledge Bowl Statewide – All 9 ESD Regions participate, with 200+ schools involved this year.
  3. Season Summary – How did our teams do this year? (Results, certificates, plaques)
    1. Varsity League – We finished 1st, 3rd, 6th, and 8th out of 12 teams in our league.
    2. JV League – We finished 1st, 3rd , 4th, 7th and 8th out of the 15 JV teams in our league, out of 42 in region.
    3. 5 out of 7 JV teams qualified for the JV Regional Tournament: They placed 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th.
    4. 5 Varsity teams competed at the 4A Regional Tournament, placing 3rd, 7th, 8th, 10th, and 11th out of 12.
    5. One Varsity team qualified for state and they took 6th Place in the 4A State tournament, pretty awesome!
  4. Awards – Participants will be called up by team, photo opps.
    1. JV Team Participant Awards & Letters (for Reg. Tourney Participants) – Camas #1 JV, then #2 JV, and so forth.
    2. Varsity Team Participant Awards and Letters – Camas #1, #2, #3, #4, etc.
  5. Conclusion, and looking ahead – 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 for supporting our program.

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Skyridge Triumphs at District Tourney!

The Skyridge kids did us proud this year at the District Tourney held on 03/15/16 at Shahala Middle School. Our varsity 1 team, made up of Odessa, Jordan, Alex, and Thomas, won it all! It was a super close match in the end where we just barely edged out Wy’east and Shahala, but we had enough gas in the tank to finish and win.  In the JV “international” tournament, Justine’s team also took home top honors. An 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!  20160315_190106


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2016 SW Washington Regional Tournament Results

Camas High School traveled on Monday, February 22nd, 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 4 teams compete in the 4A tourney of 9 teams.  By virtue of two of the teams finishing 1st and 3rd (in the top 3), they have earned trips to the state tournament, which will be held on Sat. March 19th at Arlington HS.  Congratulations to Camas Varsity #4 who took home top honors in the tourney, earning first place and the highest scoring team of the day.  Varsity #4 is anchored by senior Colton Ratcliff and juniors Jason Kim, Rachel Duquette, Chemay Shola, Calvin Taylor, and sophomore Noah Thompson.  Bravo! Camas Varsity #2 took third place.  This team is composed of senior Andrew Leetham and sophomores Daniel Fan, Jonathan Angulo, and Jesse Lester. It is not often a school qualifies more than one team to the state meet, so this is indeed a special accomplishment.  These teams are both capable of making it to the afternoon rounds at state, which would earn more hardware for the trophy case, and continue a 6-yr streak whereby CHS k-bowl teams have done so (finishing 1st, 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd, and 6th at the state meet). Good luck at state, knowledge bowlers. Varsity Scores (.pdf)

JV Tourney — With 42 JV teams competing from 27 schools all across ESD 112, the top nine finishing (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.  This year, Camas HS k-bowl qualified 5 of the teams in the 9-team tourney, wow!  On top of that, one Camas team brought home the 2nd place trophy – that’s the second best JV team out of all 42 in ESD 112, again wow!  The other teams finished 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th.  A great showing. JV# 3, the team that took home the 2nd place trophy, is comprised of all freshmen: Anthony Choi, Yeh Seo Jung, Maia Kawamura, Jason Liu, Rahul Ram, and Christopher Xia, 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 next month. Thanks for your support this year!

P.S. The awards desert banquet is scheduled for Wednesday, March 23rd, in the North Commons. Details forthcoming.

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Olympia Invitational Tournament

A small contingent of Camas High School Knowledge Bowlers traveled to Olympia High School on Saturday, 02/20/16, to participate in the 2nd annual Olympia Invitational Tournament. A blended Varsity 2 and Varsity 4 team took on some of the toughest competition in the state, including last year’s 4A champs, which I’m happy to report we beat!  After 1 written and 6 oral rounds, Camas emerged as the #2 team out of 18 participating teams, just missing 1st place by one point. Drat! We had a blast participating in this event.  A special thanks to our hosts Olympia, and congrats to the Eatonville Alpha team (2A) who won it all. Thankfully we don’t have to face them if we make it to State!  At any rate, nice tune up for Regionals, and hopefully good practice for State! 20160220_141943

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2016 SW Washington Regional Tournament

This coming Monday, February 22nd, Camas High School Knowledge Bowl will travel with its qualifying teams (all varsity teams; JV#s 1-5) to the Southwest Washington Varsity/JV Regional Tournament. Students will be released from class at 8:50 A.M. They should 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, 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 practice.  If Varsity qualifies one or more teams, we will focus on having Varsity only practices for the next few weeks leading up to the 03/19/16 State Tournament.

As usual, if you can’t make it to this tournament for any reason, please let me AND your team know immediately.

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


  • 8:50 – Released from class at CHS; report to flag pole for bus loading.
  • 9:05 – Depart for Longview
  • 10:15 – Arrive, deliver equipment and meet materials, early lunch (sack lunch or grocery store or fast food)
  • 11:00 – Arrive, Pick up packets – 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
  • 6:15 – Depart for CHS
  • 7:30 – 8:00 – Arrive at CHS

Competition Locations – The Varsity competitions will take place on the campus of LCC, while the JV competition will take place next door to LCC at Mark Morris High School.

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 – Remember, the top three 4A, the top two 3A, the top three 2A, the top three 1A, and the top two 2B/1B team will all qualify for the state meet.

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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Skyridge Meet Rotation & Updated Practice/Meet Schedule

Greetings, Knowledge Bowlers!

It’s hard to believe it, but we’re a mere week away from the start of the regular season.  We travel to Pacific Middle School next Tuesday, 02/23.  Students will ride the bus from Skyridge to Pacific, departing around 3:00 PM. They’re welcome to ride the bus home, arriving back at Skyridge usually about 5:30-5:45, but you’re also welcome to pick up your player at Pacific if that suits you better.  Our other meet next week was just switched from Thursday to Wednesday 02/24.  See the attached revised schedule for the final version of the full schedule that was finalized and updated this week due to a transportation conflict in the Evergreen schools.  By the way, 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 are pretty fun to watch.

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 7 teams with about 7 on each squad.  You can see our “dilemma”.  I’ve done my best to balance the teams by skill and grade level to give each team a chance for success and mentorship from the older students.  The bottom line for me, though, is that I want students to have fun using their minds and in learning how to work with a team toward a common goal.

I’ve attached a schedule 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 internal team names, 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 all of this.  I can help with this if you’re unsure, but the attachment should help you and the students figure out when you’re competing, where you’re competing, and what your team designation (Skyridge 1, 2, or 3) will be for that meet.

And finally, since we’ve arrived (almost) at the start of competition and meets usually happen on Tuesdays and Thursdays (except for this first week, where we have one Tuesday meet and one Wednesday meet), we’ll have to adjust our rotating practice schedule.  For those who have been practicing on Mondays and Wednesdays, you’ll now practice ONLY on Wednesdays. For those who have been practicing on Tuesdays and Thursdays, you’ll now practice ONLY on Mondays.  This new practice schedule goes into effect starting the week of February 29th.  There will be no practices next week (02/22 – 02/26) due to scheduling conflicts on my end.  For instance, on Monday, February 22nd, I’ll be with the very successful Camas High School Knowledge Bowl program that day helping them compete in our regional tournament for a chance at qualifying teams to attend the state competition in March. 

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


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