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State Knowledge Bowl meet planned at Cragun's

The State Knowledge Bowl will be April 13-14 at Cragun's Resort and Hotel on Gull Lake. The region competition was March 15, where a Brainerd High School team took first place; a Brainerd team took second; Little Falls Community High School took ...

The State Knowledge Bowl will be April 13-14 at Cragun's Resort and Hotel on Gull Lake.

The region competition was March 15, where a Brainerd High School team took first place; a Brainerd team took second; Little Falls Community High School took third; and Staples-Motley High School took fourth place.

Moving on to the state competition in the AA bracket will be the Brainerd I team consisting of Scott Woodward, Andrew Pratt, Josh Marquart, Nick Ashman and Renae Ford; the Brainerd II team consisting of Sam Dirks, Kyle Hensel, Kristin Ringhand, Matt Greatens and Adam Kleist; and Little Falls team consisting of Annie Corbett, Aaron Hanson, Dane Ingemansen and Joe Klosowski.

Competing in the A bracket will be Staples-Motley team consisting of Andrew Bates, Jace Hoemberg, Zach Strickland, Asharack White and Chris Hart.

The competition begins Wednesday night with a banquet and written tests taken by the teams. Five oral question rounds begin at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

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More than 800 teams from 290 Minnesota school districts participate in senior high knowledge bowl competitions. At the end of the season, teams compete in subregion and region tournaments with a total of 48 teams advancing to the State Knowledge Bowl. This year, in the North Central Region Five had 79 senior high teams competing from 22 schools.

Knowledge Bowl is an interdisciplinary academic competition that promotes academic achievement and rewards academic excellence for students in grades seven through 12. During a meet, teams of students work cooperatively to solve oral and written round questions. No team is eliminated during a meet and every team participates in every round. Questions are related to all areas of learning typical of middle grades and secondary educational programs. Knowledge Bowl competitions test students' recall and problem-solving abilities, critical thinking skills and teamwork skills.

Minnesota North Central Region Five includes the school districts of: Aitkin, Bertha-Hewitt, Brainerd, Browerville, Cass Lake-Bena, Crosby-Ironton, Crosslake Community, Eagle Valley, Henning, Laporte, Little Falls, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Menahga, Nevis, Northland Community, Pequot Lakes, Pierz, Pillager, Pine River-Backus, Royalton, Sebeka, Staples-Motley, Swanville, Upsala, Verndale, Wadena-Deer Creek and Walker-Hackensack- Akeley.

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