Palisade High earns top honors at national knowledge bowl tournament

Palisade High School’s knowledge bowl team placed in the top 13 at the 2012 National Academic Championship June 9–11 in Chicago.

The team and five others fell in the first stage of the quiz bowl-style competition’s final round. But Palisade High math teacher and knowledge bowl coach Heather Huntley said she’s proud the team made it to the finals at all.

“We were ahead until the last two questions. The kids worked really hard and performed well,” Huntley said.

This is the third time in the team’s three-year existence Palisade students have qualified to participate in the national championship but the first year the team has been able to afford the trip.

Team members hosted a “Peach Plunge” fundraiser last summer and participated in car washes to make money for the trip to nationals. Huntley said this summer the team may have another Peach Plunge, which is like a rubber duck race and allows supporters to purchase a plastic peach to send down the Colorado River at Peach Fest for a chance to win a prize.

The fundraisers allowed Huntley to take five students to the national tournament in Chicago: seniors Elliot Britvec, Zak Foust, Emily Miller and Lauren Restivo and junior Laura Borovilous. The Chicago championship is one of three competitions that decide which high school has the best academic bowl team in the United States. Palisade placed 33rd in the nation with results from the other two championships factored into the rankings.

Fruita Monument High School sent two teams to the National Academic Championship May 26–28 in New Orleans. Fruita’s two teams placed 54th and 112th in the nation out of 114 teams who competed in New Orleans, Washington, D.C., or Chicago.

Palisade and Fruita Monument qualified for the national championships by placing second and third, respectively, in the state knowledge bowl tournament this spring. The top three schools at the state tournament earned a spot at nationals. Fort Collins’ Fossil Ridge High School placed first at the state tournament and sent two teams to nationals, one that placed 73rd and one that placed 77th.


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