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January 28, 2013
New Franklin R-1 High School

NFHS Scholar Bowl team looks to build on knowledge

    Although it may be the end of January, it’s the start of something else. The conference season of a little known high school competition begins, nestled in a high school library. Scholar Bowl season has arrived.
    With Scholar Bowl being little-known, one may ask, “What is Scholar Bowl?”
    Scholar Bowl is an academic competition that consists of 2 teams, with 4 players playing at a time for each team. Students answer questions over a variety of subjects.
    The New Franklin Scholar Bowl team is looking to improve on its second place finish at the CAC Conference Meet last season. The team compiled a 5-1 record at the conference meet and knocked off eventual champion Cairo. The Bulldogs open the season Monday, January 28, at Sturgeon.
    “ I expect us to win all of our matches and place in the top three at conference,”said NFHS Scholar Bowl sponsor Lonni Marsh.
    Marsh said that she has also thought of ways to improve the team over the offseason.
    “I’ve thought about havings players specialize in a certain subject” Marsh said.
    The Bulldogs bring back a lot of experience from last season. The team consists of juniors Trevor Hook, Breann Friedrich, Sonny Martin, and Adam Harris. Martin, who transferred from Pilot Grove at the beginning of the school year, participated at the national event in Atlanta, Georgia. Harris finished 5th in the conference meet last year and has two individual championships from junior high. Friedrich has medalled in each of the past three seasons, while Hook looks to contribute in his first year of high school competition.
    “The strength is our knowledge base. We have all of the knowledge and strategies for a successful year. Our weakness is that we only have four on the team and we have to have four to play, so we can’t have any illnesses,” said Marsh.
    Being little-known, there aren’t many spectators at Scholar Bowl competitions. Marsh believes that people can come and enjoy a Scholar Bowl meet.
    “I don't think people realize that they can come. It's free. It's fun to see how many answers you can get right."
    The Bulldogs will host Keytesville in their home opener on Wednesday, February 13th, at 4:15 P.M.

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