Waukee High School Hosts Iowa History Bee & Bowl

Waukee High School (WHS) hosted the 2015 Iowa State Championship History Bee and Bowl (ISCHBB) on March 21. The Warrior Quiz Bowl team, which was established just this semester, elected to play only in the History Bowl as a team, without entering the individual competition. Waukee took the championship by defeating Bishop Heelan from Sioux City 230-190 in the championship game!

Warrior Quiz Bowl, led by WHS math teacher Jay Winter, has participated in two competitions so far this year, finishing third at the Drake Bulldog Bowl on March 7. Senior Cole Kitzman, sophomores Ben Heidt and Aravin Sivamurugan and freshman Alex Zarkowski participated in the ISCHBB. Other members of Waukee’s team include Jason Baxter, Joseph Connell, Manognya Naishaidam, Michael Adato and Rachel Shapiro.

The Iowa History Bee & Bowl is a state championship academic competition for teams (History Bowl) or individuals (History Bee) and is in its fifth year. Winter knows David Madden, founder of the History Bee & Bowl, from Winter’s previous work as a quiz bowl coach in Illinois. When Madden learned that Winter was relocating to Iowa, he reached out to see if Winter was interested in either hosting or directing this event. With the leadership of WHS principal Kirk Johnson and Winter, Waukee agreed to host the event.

“It was a great opportunity to host the event; our students were excellent ambassadors and hosts. The competition was very friendly and sportsmanlike,” Winter said.

Format of the Matches:

  • 1st Period: Toss-up questions only (with a lockout system)
  • 2nd Period: Toss-up questions and a related one-part bonus question for the team to confer to earn extra points
  • 3rd Period – Lightning Round: Answer as many as 8 questions in 60 seconds on a specific topic
  • 4th Period: Longer toss-up questions that have more value the earlier they are answered correctly

Seven teams participated in the Varsity Division and four participated in the JV Division of the History Bowl. Heelan defeated Valley in the other semifinal, 230-110. Clarinda Community’s A team won the JV Championship with a 230-150 victory over Oskaloosa. Noah Madrigal from Bellevue East was the History Bee Champion, while Cade Solivan from Clarinda Community won the JV Division of the Bee.

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