Chatfield knowledge bowl students heading to state meet


SUBMITTED PHOTO The Chatfield High School Knowledge Bowl team has earned a place at the state meet in April. Members representing their school at state will be, from left, Logan Johnson, Larissa Martin, Isaiah Miron, Elijah Lawson and Coach Janet Bren.
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Gretchen Mensink Lovejoy
Chatfield News

Janet Bren’s very proud of her knowledge bowl know-it-alls.

“The average person would not know 50 percent of what they need to know — categories cover all areas of study, including literature, math, science, history, business, mythology, theater, music, et cetera,” stated Bren, advisor for the Chatfield High School Senior High Knowledge Bowl team.

She is, to say the least, pleased to announce that one of the senior high teams will be competing at the Minnesota State Knowledge Bowl competition April 10-11 at Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake, near Brainerd.

The team, comprised of Logan Johnson, Larissa Martin, Isaiah Miron and Elijah Lawson, earned second out of 24 teams at subsection competition on Feb. 13, as well as taking high honors at other meets.

“Their season began in November, and we practice every Monday and Thursday during Flex time. They got second out of 24 teams at subsections, and they also competed in three round-robin competitions at the Southeast Service Cooperative in Rochester, and this team also won the conference this year, defeating Plainview-Elgin-Millville in the finals. We won 101.5 to 99.5 – the 99.5 was Rushford, who will also be advancing to state. We had four teams this year — we had one other team that also made it to the regional competition. This team included Jack Tuohy, Seth Allen, Nathan Goldsmith, Gage Tuohy and Carson Larrabee.”

The work that comes after earning a place at the state tournament is the same the team attending state put in before their other meets.

Bren related, “We continue to review questions from past years, and we will continue to practice at least once each week. The kids like competing against other schools…and going out for lunch afterwards. They always impress me with their knowledge.”

It’s been a few years since Chatfield last went to state in Knowledge Bowl, so the kids are extremely excited.

“The competition will be fierce at state and the pace of the oral rounds is faster,” she added. “It’s always fun to participate in an elite competition. The meet is also held at Cragun’s on Gull Lake, so the scenery is beautiful. I hope the kid will have fun and do their best. I’m excited for them to compete — this is a great team because not only are they smart, they are all kind people. I’m happy that they are being recognized for their intellect.”