The Minnesota Service Cooperative Knowledge Bowl competitions are interdisciplinary academic contests for students. The Senior High Knowledge Bowl is for students in grades 9-12. During the competition, teams of students compete in written and oral rounds by answering questions related to all areas of learning, typical of secondary educational programs. Questions test student’s recall, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. This format provides for student growth centered on academics.
Teams consist of five students (5 competing in the written round and four competing in each oral round). Teams compete in Round Robin and Sub-Regional, and the top 12 teams (top 6 teams from each day) from each tier advance to Regionals. Finally, the top 2 teams from Tier A and top 2 teams from Tier AA, plus the 3rd place team from either tier that has the highest score, advance to the State competition.
Holy Family’s Knowledge Bowl team, coached by Holy Family science instructor Mr. Jim Walker, practices for approximately one hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the 2nd and 3rd quarter of the school year.
During the season they compete against local schools and frequently place among the top teams. The team’s highest finish is 4th in the state. Holy Family’s Knowledge Bowl team has qualified for postseason competition every year from 2006-2020. In 2020, they took second in their region, qualifying them for the state tournament.
Members of the team frequently warm up for the Knowledge Bowl competitive season by competing in the fall season of Quiz Bowl. While different in format, the preparation for Quiz Bowl competition pays large benefits in the winter Knowledge Bowl competitions. The 2019-2020 Quiz Bowl team qualified for the National Small School Competition in Illinois in April 2020.
Coach Walker begins his third year as the Knowledge Bowl coach. A staff member since the school opened in 2000, Mr. Walker also teaches science at Holy Family and is the Garden Club advisor.