Lamar Junior High wins inaugural History Quiz Bowl

Lamar Junior High’s Alisha Varshney reacts to winning the Lamar CISD History Quiz Bowl.

Lamar Junior High’s Alisha Varshney reacts to winning the Lamar CISD History Quiz Bowl.

What would you think is the best title for a diagram with a circular arrangement of the phrases:

• Colonists staked out huge pieces of land for farming

• Free labor was available

• More and more successful farms.

A team of 8th-graders from Lamar Junior High correctly answered “Growth of Slavery in America” would be the best title, earning them the Championship in the first Lamar CISD U.S. History Quiz Bowl.

Trophy presentation: Lamar CISD Superintendent Dr. Thomas Randle (far right) delivers the trophy to Lamar Junior High’s (kneeling) Michael Nguyen, Yuxi Lu, Garrett Bailey, (second row) Keshawn Shipp, Colby Myers, Haylee Davis, Alisha Varshney, Princess Ihekwoaba, Hannah Daanen, Chaianne Bee, Olivia Knuckols, Arianna Kelly, (back row) Drake Staten, Connor Barth and  Jacob Ramirez.

Trophy presentation: Lamar CISD Superintendent Dr. Thomas Randle (far right) delivers the trophy to Lamar Junior High’s (kneeling) Michael Nguyen, Yuxi Lu, Garrett Bailey, (second row) Keshawn Shipp, Colby Myers, Haylee Davis, Alisha Varshney, Princess Ihekwoaba, Hannah Daanen, Chaianne Bee, Olivia Knuckols, Arianna Kelly, (back row) Drake Staten, Connor Barth and  Jacob Ramirez.

The team battled students from Lamar CISD’s other three junior highs before winning in a sudden-death tie-breaker against Reading Junior High.

Wednesday’s final was the culmination of a year-long competition. Students competed via an Internet connection in November and February, answering 15 questions each time.

“It was very tight coming into the Finals,” said Kevin McCune, Lamar CISD’s Specialist for Social Studies. “At one point, three teams were tied for the lead, with the other three team one point behind.”

After 28 more questions, LJH and RJH were knotted at the top. Both teams correctly answered the first three tie break questions before the Ponies took the crown.

Lee Zuskind, Kay Van Gaasbeck and James Frazier were the coaches for Lamar Junior High.

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