Written By Alexis Alfano and Cedar Hittle |
Morgan’s varsity sport of the mind is High School Bowl. This year Morgan won the first six matches of the season. Students in high school bowl compete against the clock answering a variety of questions from math to history to science. Students are scored on their answers to these various questions throughout the competition. Students win the competition by outwitting the other teams and scoring more points based on questions answered correctly.
The Morgan High School Bowl team recently hosted their meet of the year on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. The meet started at 3:30 after school and lasted until nearly 5:00 PM. Morgan competed against Coginchaug, losing its first match of the season. Unfortunately, their key team member, Senior Sam Moran, was ill and unable to compete. The team members who did compete were Dan Radka, Simon Hua, Matthew Beauvais, Caleb Adams-Hull, Logan Cummings, Carlo Arnoldi, Caden Sarota and Emma Orr.
High school bowl usually practices from 2:15 to 3 P.M. every Wednesday. When they do meet to practice, there is no precise way to prepare besides keeping up with the local news and what is happening around the world.
The four team members compete at a time. Some of the hardest topics that are given in high school bowl are chemistry and physics according to some of its seasoned members. One member of the high school bowl team Junior Wyatt Reu told us how he enjoys competing: “I started doing high school bowl my freshman year back when Mr. Motter was the advisor in the old school.” Wyatt has “always enjoyed high school bowl. It’s a super fun club, and it’s a great way to meet really smart and interesting people.” High school bowl members are inquisitive learners, but everyone is an inquisitive learner so they encourage everybody to join. As if it was a “varsity sport of the mind.”
History seems to be a popular topic for the questions. Junior Matthew Beauvais explained how he enjoyed history questions the most as well as music ones. “I typically do the best when it comes to history questions because I would say I have the most interest in that.” According to Matt history questions are “about the presidents a lot.”
The current advisor for high school bowl is English teacher Eric Bergman. He takes pride in helping the students learn about the world around them and life itself. He said, “I don’t believe in content knowledge…I like kids to create their own meaning in what they learn.”
Morgan competes against all Shoreline Teams. Every school hosts their own matches once a year, and all other schools meet at the high school to compete. Additionally, all schools contribute questions for each match.