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Oberlin scholars are headed to STATE

DCHS Journalism

February 08, 2020

Oberlin’s scholar bowl team is headed back to state. The team won the Regional competition held at Golden Plains High School on Thursday, Feb. 6 and qualified for State, which is Saturday, Feb. 15 in Goessel.


The Oberlin team is led by three seniors: Erin May, Bryson Metcalf and Gabe Peter.  Rounding out the team are junior Sarah Abernathy and sophomore Gage Scott. Gabe was also on last year’s team that qualified for state.


Fourteen teams competed at Regionals, which was divided into two pools. In pool play, Oberlin won the first three rounds, defeating Weskan 20-5, Cheylin 30-20, and Stockton 40-30.  In round 4, Oberlin lost to Thunder Ridge 60-30, but beat St. Francis in the next round 50-0. In the last round of pool play, Golden Plains beat Oberlin by one question, 40-30.


Our first two rounds of pool play we won only because we answered the current event question correctly,” said Sarah.


The 4-2 pool-play record was good enough to advance the Red Devils to the championship rounds, where they went undefeated and avenged their two earlier losses.


Oberlin beat Wheatland-Grinnell 45-20, Thunder Ridge 30 to -5, Logan 30-20, Rawlins County 60-10, Golden Plains 40-35, and Thunder Ridge again in the final round 60-30.


In the match against Golden Plains, Oberlin was behind 40-10 with only a few questions left, but according to Erin, “They buzzed in early and answered the question wrong, so they lost 5 points, and we ended up beating them 40-35.”


Gage said that he likes scholars’ bowl because of the “time and laughs I share with my friends.”


Bryson said, “I like doing shenanigans with my scholars’ bowl team,” and Sarah said, “It gives us a chance to be competitive in a totally different way.”

What makes the Oberlin team so successful at scholar bowl meets? “I think we are successful because we know who on the team should know the answer, so we all look at that person and try to bounce ideas off of each other,” said Erin.


 “We appear to be utterly confused kids, but in the heat of competition, we thrive,” said Bryson.


 “We communicate with each other, and as a group we collectively are able to answer most questions,” said Sarah.


A scholar bowl round consists of 16 questions: one foreign language sentence that needs to be translated into English, three social studies questions, three language arts questions, three math questions, three science/health questions, two fine arts, and one current event question.


Gabe said the team is successful because of “the different skill sets that we all offer.” His favorite categories are science and math.


Gage’s favorite is language arts, and Bryson’s is anything with geography or sports. For Sarah it’s fine arts, and for Erin – fine arts and science.


What is their goal for state? “My goal is to correctly answer every question I buzz in for,” said Sarah. Bryson said, “To have fun.”


My goal is to do well at state, to place, but specifically 1st place would be very nice,” said Erin.


This is the ninth time in 11 years that an Oberlin scholar bowl team is headed to the state tournament, including six straight years from 2012 to 2017 and now back-to-back appearances in 2019 and 2020.  

Oberlin placed fifth-at state in 2012, fourth in 2015, and won a state championship in 2016.

In the past 19 years, Oberlin has sent a team to state 14 times.  Oberlin also won the state scholar bowl title in 2003.  This is Mrs. Scott’s fifth year as the coach.  Marlene Moxter was the coach before Mrs. Scott.



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