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Shown with coach Al Lochner are members of the Senior High Knowledge Bowl team going to state. Shown, from left, are: Wyatt Murphy, Stine Myrah, Ben Gray, Grace Edgington and Devon Nerstad.
SGH/Gerard Shown with coach Al Lochner are members of the Senior High Knowledge Bowl team going to state. Shown, from left, are: Wyatt Murphy, Stine Myrah, Ben Gray, Grace Edgington and Devon Nerstad.
Students on the Senior High Knowledge Bowl team are state bound after a second-place win at regional competition on March 20 at the Southeast Service Cooperative in Rochester.

Five of 15 students on the team will now attend the two-day competition on April 6-7 at Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake in Brainerd. They are: Stine Myrah, Grace Edgington, Devon Nerstad, Ben Gray and Wyatt Murphy.

The two other Spring Grove teams consisted of Chase Grinde, Brock Schuttemeier, Noah Myrah, Claire Bratland, Vendela Parker, Takoda Boyd, Cameron Sylling, Emily Guberud, Carter Bratland and Rhiannon Skauge.

The team members started practice in September and meet every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. to go through drills and hone their skills.

They cover topics that students would have already learned in class such as math, history, social science, grammar, literature and science although current events and almost any topic are fair game.

The event starts out with 60 written multiple-choice questions that the team does together. They get 50 minutes to do the written test.

Then the team goes through five rounds of 45 oral questions with a buzzer system during which only four team members compete head-to-head with two other teams. The total scores get added up, and the winners move on.

Senior High Knowledge Bowl coach Al Lochner said there are benefits for students who participate in Knowledge Bowl.

“It encourages and promotes being a good student because it’s an academic competition,” he said. “The kids take it pretty seriously.”

“They do a really good job,” he added. “Our second and third teams are good or better than teams at other schools.”

The season starts with four conference meets, which Spring Grove placed first at all in the Southeast Conference.

There is one round-robin competition in Rochester that is non-conference and acts as a practice round.

The team then competes in the sub-regional meet. That meet was on March 8.

Spring Grove competed against 27 teams from nine districts and finished second to Dover-Eyota. The top six schools from two districts advance to the regional meet.

At the regional meet on March 20, Spring Grove again placed second to Dover-Eyota and competed against 12 teams. Rushford-Peterson placed third.

The top three teams from the Tier A schools who advanced to the state competition this year. Three other teams from Tier AA schools will also compete in the competition.

Spring Grove will compete against 24 teams from all over Minnesota during the state competition, which is the final level of Knowledge Bowl.

This will be Spring Grove’s 10th time at the state competition, non-consecutively. The last time they competed at state was in 2015.