Article by: Joseph Hadaway

Photographs by: Sienna Hagedorn

Ever wanted to go on a game show? Ever wanted to represent your school while showing off your wide range of knowledge from Galileo to Gallifrey?

Well then, get your buzzers ready because Academic Bowl tryouts are coming soon. The academic bowl is a bi-annual competition that takes place in the months of November and April, giving students a chance to show off their intellect and represent the school in healthy competition. The Academic Bowl is comprised of several rounds, with different schools answering a series of questions to receive points. At the end of the day, whoever receives the most points is the winner. According to Academic Bowl Co-Captain Lucas Ramos, the Academic Bowl is an “exciting experience, as you always feel on the edge because you never know what’s coming next. The next question could be about anything from German Reunification to Thermodynamics”.

Lucas further elaborates that the “Academic Bowl is an interesting way to stretch the mind, as there are simply so many things to learn about”, encouraging anybody who “is smart, thinks they’re smart or likes to pretend they’re smart” to try out for the Academic Bowl, claiming that due to the sheer amount of knowledge covered in an Academic Bowl, anybody can be an asset to the team. Tryouts, which will take place on Thursday, September 11th in the Club Hub and Monday, September 15th in P045 from 3:00 to 3:30, will be a simple process according to Lucas, who said that to try out, all one must do is “bring a pen and show up”. He further encouraged potential members to “not study for it” as anything could appear on the test.

Training for the Academic Bowl is “simple really,” according to Lucas, referencing the fact that training is more focused on getting people acquainted with the format than actually improving people’s knowledge base. This creates a “really fun, laid back, joke-y atmosphere” that Lucas says is one of the draws of the Academic Bowl.

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