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MS Quiz Bowl team takes third at State

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Photo by Linda Greer The Mammoth Spring Junior High quiz bowl team placed third at the state competition last month at LISA Academy in Little Rock. Pictured are team members, from left, Mason Gaines, Jordan Simpson, Brianna VanGinhoven, Tristan Wood, Elizabeth Taylor, Alec Johnson, Alex Taylor, Ashlynn Washam, Caitlin VanGinhoven, Jacob Stewart, Trisha Davis and Tyler Savage. The team is coached by history teacher Adam Henslee.
Calling it a sort of "Team Jeopardy" event, Mammoth Spring High School history teacher Adam Henslee said the recent state quiz bowl challenged his students to remain focused.

"They start out nervous, but then they settle down," Henslee said Monday, March 7, of his students' ability to "outsmart" their opponents.

Of 16 quiz bowl teams (pared down from 40) that competed at the Arkansas Governor's Quiz Bowl last month, Mammoth Spring placed third.

"We're pretty well rounded. That speaks for the teachers," Henslee said.

Henslee has coached the team each of the seven years he taught at Mammoth Spring and was proud to watch his junior high students place third in the 1A Class.

He said the students show an amazing dedication to the mental "sport," often practicing twice a week after school.

"That's on their own time," Henslee said.

The Mammoth Spring Junior High quiz bowl team also was a regional runner-up, finishing second in the 1A Class competition at Izard County Consolidated School District on Feb. 16.

Quiz bowl members must meet certain academic requirements, including grade-point average, to participate.

Saturday, March 12, Mammoth Spring School District will host a regional quiz bowl with as many as 10 teams competing. Nine have confirmed, so far, Henslee said.

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