Skyridge Meet #1 & 2 Results

We started the week off at Pacific, finished it up at Skyridge. Here’s a quick recap.

Things looked a little dark at the midway point in our first meet at Pacific after a rough first oral round that left us trailing by two points.  But the kids did us proud in the second half, making some nice adjustments, showing some grit in the second oral round, and coming out on top in the end.  Skyridge won the overall meet on points, 194 to 169 for Pacific, but top honors go to Skyridge 2 (our Skyridge Delta team), who took first place at the meet with a total of 73 points.  Sky Delta is made up of 6th graders Ali and Brett, 7th graders Thomas and Claire, and 8th graders Addison and Jason.

On Thursday we took on Liberty and Frontier for our first home meet of the season.  Spirited competition and performances in the written round set up a showdown in the oral matches with the always tough Lions of Liberty and the Silverbacks of Frontier.  In the end, Liberty proved to be too much, besting Skyridge with a total score of 189 to our 157 (Frontier with 101), but Skyridge was able to place one of its teams in the top three.  Skyridge 2 (our Skyridge Alpha team), made up of 6th graders Tate, Mark, Andrew, and Anna, 7th grader Chase, and 8th graders Devank and Maia earned a total of 62 points, only 6 away from 2nd, 10 away from 1st.  Not too shabby.

I’m proud of all of the teams who competed this week for having fun, working as a team, and representing Skyridge and Camas with pride and style.  Way to go, Sky Kbowl.

Looking ahead, we have meets next week on Tuesday at Frontier (Delta, Eta, and Zeta) and Thursday at home (Alpha, Gamma, and Epsilon).

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SW Washington Regional Meet Results

For the first time in program history, we qualified all of our teams to attend this event.  From that motley assortment we managed to once again qualify a varsity team to send off to the state competition AND bring home some additional hardware for the JV team. Sweet!

Varsity 3, anchored by seniors Yun Teng, Jonathan Ho, Lizzy Nickerson, Levi Holscher, with vital support from junior Colton Ratcliff and sophomore Jason Kim, earned the right to compete at state by ranking in the top three at regionals. State is scheduled for March 13-14th, in Arlington, WA.  We also took home, for the first time ever, two trophies for our JV squad, placing second (JV 4) and third (JV3) overall in the competition.  I’ve added in below a gallery of some of the shots from yesterday’s action.

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!


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SW Washington Regional Tournament

This coming Monday, February 23rd, Camas High School Knowledge Bowl will travel with its entire team to the Southwest Washington Varsity/JV Regional Tournament. Students will be released from class at 9:15 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 (TBD), 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 03/14/15 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!


  • 9:15 – Released from class at CHS; report to flag pole for bus loading.
  • 9:30 – Depart for Longview
  • 10:30 – Arrive, deliver equipment and meet materials, early lunch (sack lunch or grocery store or fast food)
  • 11:30 – Pick up packets – Location To Be Determined.
  • 12:00 – Opening and Welcome Assembly (All Varsity and JV teams) – Location TBD.
  • 12:30 – Written Round Begins – Location TBD (Varsity), and Mark Morris classrooms (JV).
  • 1:25 – Oral Round #1 – Assigned Rooms.
  • 2:20 – Oral Round #2 – Assigned Rooms.
  • 3:15 – “Championship” Oral Round – Assigned Rooms.
  • 4:30 – Final Results, Awards (All Teams) – LCC Student Center.

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 two 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 Knowledge Bowl Meet Schedule

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, 02/24.  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.  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 communication, 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’ve got 7 teams with about 7 on each squad, with absolutely no problem filling our teams.  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.

Here’s the schedule that shows 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.  In summary, this 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.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

Please note, as previously communicated, that there will be no practice on Monday, February 23rd.  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.

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Skyridge Wednesday Practice Canceled

As discussed in practice today at Skyridge, there will be no practice on Wednesday, 02/11/15, due to a conflict in Mr. Greene’s schedule.  Our next practice will be on Thursday, 02/12/15.  Students can “practice” by reviewing their individual results on the written round practice we did on Monday.  In our analysis of questions that 50% or more missed, it seems that geography, current events, and English grammar were the holistic weak spots.

By the way, as mentioned in practice, don’t worry too much about your individual scores.  Much of the knowledge you lack will come naturally through your course of study and with time.  And don’t worry about what your neighbor got, either. It’ll all work out.  Knowledge Bowl is about learning how to have fun on a team, celebrating your mind, and looking for how to grow in all those areas.  None of us has all the answers!

If you’re looking for more written round practice, check out the following set of practice questions and consider working your way through these, over time, as a sort of open book/internet study session:  Written Practice Questions

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Round Robin #4 Meet Results

Well, it’s official:  for the first time in Camas Knowledge Bowl history, CHS has qualified every single one of its JV and Varsity teams for the upcoming 02/23 Regional Tournament.  Wow!  Our Camas JV finished the season with another historic footnote by placing our five teams first through fifth in regional ranking. They maintained this throughout the season.  Pretty sweet, huh?  Check out the tables below for last night’s results from the final Round Robin of the season that helped us get there.

In case you were wondering, the way it works at the Regional Tourney is that the top 9 JV teams out of 42 in the Region are invited to participate.  All of the varsity squads are invited.  For the JV participants, the results boil down to trophies and bragging rights. But for the varsity teams, they are competing for trophies and a chance to attend the Washington State Knowledge Bowl Tournament on 03/14/15 at Arlington High School. This year, our region will send its top 3 4A schools.  We hope to secure at least one of those spots.  Wouldn’t two be great?

Congratulations to Camas Knowledge Bowl for a tremendous regular season! Next stop Regionals. Final stop for this year, hopefully, State.

Final Regional Standings:


School Written Room Oral #1 Room Oral #2 TOTAL Place
Union #1 40 103 37 Sci 23 100 1
Camas #1 41 Sci 29 103 28 98 2
Stevenson #1 47 101 25 101 23 95 3
Camas #4 35 105 22 106 25 82 4
Camas #5 37 106 21 105 20 78 5
Camas #3 42 103 14 Sci 16 72 6
White Salmon #1 39 106 15 101 14 68 7
Union #2 30 105 17 105 17 64 8
White Salmon #3 34 101 15 103 9 58 9
White Salmon #2 34 Sci 12 106 9 55 10
Seton #1 32 106 10 101 4 46 11
Columbia Adv. #1 27 105 10 105 9 46 12
Camas #2 35 101 8 Sci 2 45 13
Seton #2 31 Sci 6 103 7 44 14
Stevenson #2 33 103 3 106 1 37 15


School Written Room Oral #1 Room Oral #2 TOTAL Place
Camas #4 43 Art 20 Art 24 87 1
Camas #5 39 KB 25 KB 16 80 2
Union #1 39 Art 23 102 18 80 3
Camas #1 34 104 23 Lib 21 78 4
Camas #2 37 102 22 104 16 75 5
Camas #3 24 Lib 19 KB 13 56 6
Columbia Adv. #1 30 Art 7 102 14 51 7
White Salmon #2 30 104 10 Art 8 48 8
Columbia Adv. #2 27 KB 7 104 9 43 9
Stevenson #1 22 Lib 10 Lib 6 38 10
Seton #1 26 104 5 KB 5 36 11
White Salmon #3 23 102 7 Art 4 34 12
White Salmon #1 24 KB 4 102 3 31 13
Seton #2 18 102 4 Lib 4 26 14
Stevenson #2 22 Lib 1 104 2 25 15

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CHS Knowledge Bowl Photo Monday 02/09

CHS Students and Staff – Next week on Monday, February 9th  Dorian Photography will be here taking all CHS Club and Organization group photos during the day in the theater.  The schedule and group rosters will be posted with the bulletin on the website, as well as around the building to prepare for the day.  Groups will be scheduled every 10 minutes starting at 10 AM throughout the day.  Here is a link to the Club Rosters in a pdf format posted on-line.


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Middle School Knowledge Bowl Begins!

The GSHL Middle School League started practice on Monday, February 2nd.  Skyridge has about 60 kids signed up.  Makes it kind of tough for practices and competitions, but we like to involve as many kids as possible.  And we have a good time … always!  20150203_153400_resized

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RR #4 02/04/15

Round Robin #4, the final regular season competition of the year, is scheduled for this Wednesday, 02/04/15, at Columbia Adventist Academy.  Students should report to the flagpole bus pick up area at the end of fifth period. You will miss sixth period, so please check in with your teachers prior to Wednesday, like we’ve discussed in practice.  We’ll need to leave CHS by 1:30 to make it to Columbia Adventist Academy in Battleground by shortly after 2:00. I anticipate our return time to be somewhere between 6 and 6:30.  It’s tough to gauge this accurately since there are so many factors out of my control that determine our departure time, but I’m anticipating a smooth meet … hopefully that will be the case and we’ll be home by the suggested time.  If you are unable to make it to this meet, please notify me immediately, as well as your team. Email me with questions.

III.  Room and Team Assignments for Oral Round #1

Varsity Teams

Camas #1 vs Seton Catholic #2 vs White Salmon #2 Science Room
Camas #2 vs Stevenson #1 vs White Salmon #3 Room 101
Camas #3 vs Stevenson #2 vs Union #1 Room 103
Camas #4 vs Columbia Adv. Acad. vs Union #2 Room 105
Camas #5 vs Seton Catholic #1 vs White Salmon #1 Room 106

Junior Varsity Teams

Camas #1 vs Seton Catholic #1 vs White Salmon #2 Room 104
Camas #2 vs Seton Catholic #2 vs White Salmon #3 Room 102
Camas #3 vs Stevenson #1 vs Stevenson #2 Library
Camas #4 vs Columbia Adv Acad #1 vs Union Art Room
Camas #5 vs Columbia Adv Acad #2 vs White Salmon #1 Knowledge Bowl Room

Room and Team assignments for Oral Round #2 will depend upon total team scores for the first two rounds, and will be posted in the cafeteria after Oral Round #1 when ready.

Varsity & JV:  1 v 6 v 11, 2 v 7 v 12, 3 v 8 v 13, 4 v 9 v 14, 5 v 10 v 15

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JV #4 Continues Streak

The Camas High School Knowledge Bowl team is blessed with an abundance of talent. Of particular merit this season, however, has been one of our Junior Varsity teams that is currently ranked 1st out of 42 JV teams in the Region. JV#4, comprised of all sophomores and one freshmen, posted the highest score of any team, JV or Varsity, an impressive 101, at the Wednesday, January 13th meet, at Union High School. Roll on, Papermakers!


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