The Grand Junction High School academic team's win at the Colorado Knowledge Bowl on Tuesday came down to the wire.
After 11 rounds of competition, Grand Junction was tied with Boulder High School going into question 48 of the final round of the state contest that also featured Fossil Ridge High School.
The question started with "This fortress complex…" and GJHS junior Anthony Booth buzzed in with the correct answer — Kremlin.
The team won, and they never heard the rest of the question.
Team captain and senior James Rasmussen said he was just focusing on the next question and how to get it right.
"I was focusing on putting trust in my teammates and that they would bear me up in those critical moments," he said. "I think we knew what we were in for. We've been preparing for it all year, and we knew exactly what we needed to do and how to execute it."
Students Amanda Gordon, Parker Stacy, Evan Ancell, Andrew Bennett, Katreena Bass, Noah TerLouw, Miguel Iglesias, Booth and Rasmussen are part of a legacy of GJHS dominance at the knowledge bowl — the team has won state seven of the last 10 years, including this year.
Coach and teacher Coady Shawcroft said that's because of a combined effort of teachers, students and the community.
"We have great students every year, GJHS has amazing teachers and I think GJHS is unique in the state that we have really strong support from the community," Shawcroft said. "Without all of those this would not be possible."
The team will attend nationals in Atlanta and host a community knowledge bowl to raise money for the trip.
"We're hitting a McDonald's and going to grab some ice cream, and then we'll start preparing for next season," Rasmussen said.