For 10 points, name the Parkway high school that just took second place in a regional Scholar Bowl competition in Washington, Mo. If you answered South High, give yourself 10 points. The South High Scholar Bowl team recently ranked second in this Jeopardy-style academic challenge. To play, students answer questions from moderators on a wide range of subjects, using buzzers to signal they have the correct answer.
Winning Parkway South High team members include Maya Mills, Aditya Patel, Erin Neely, Gregory James, Andy Mark, Sheldon Taylor, Priya Vangala and Blaine Hubert. Neely placed second and Patel placed fourth in All-District competition.
South High math teacher Scott Degitz said he wanted to bring the academically challenging game to South High so kids who like to learn would have a place to belong. He is assisted at South by his math colleague and Scholar Bowl co-sponsor Allison John.
“The idea is to have fun and create a sense of belonging,” said John. “It has helped me become a lot better at Trivial Pursuit.”
Degitz and John sing, dance and use characters from books to help team members retain knowledge for the game.