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Seward High School Quiz Bowl Team Captures First Place at Central Conference Quiz Bowl Contest

“It was a contest of peer schools and our Seward High School Team A won the whole thing,” commented SHS Quiz Bowl Coach Melissa Pohl.  “This group of kids have worked for years to get to this level and I am very proud of all of them as many are finishing their Senior year!”

Seward High Quiz Bowl Team A captured the top place in the recent Central Conference Quiz Bowl Competition held at the Seward Civic Center on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 in an all day, general knowledge quiz bowl competition.  

Seward High’s Teams included Team A  - Blake Austin, Maddie Viger, Owen Krahulik and Evan Wilkinson.  

Team B included Lydia Lobmeyer, Elianha Wunderlich, Damien Gligorevic, and Sjoen Muck, with coach Melissa Pohl. 

Seward High Team A-Coached by Melissa Pohl placed First, York High Team A Coached by Samantha Dew placed Second, Holdrege High Team B Coached by Brandy Edgren placed Third and Adams Central Team A Coached by Jill Houghtelling won the Fourth Place trophy.  Each winning team received an engraved trophy and the members of the First Place Team each received an engraved Central Conference medal.

The tourney was held at the Seward Civic Center, with six round robin contests in the morning, with the teams wins/loses, points generated and highest scores determined placement in the seeding and afternoon single elimination tourney. There were six rooms of contest going simultaneously, where teams competed in answering questions on History, Grammar, Literature, Math, Science, Economics and General Knowledge. During a round there could be up to four members on a team.

Readers/Judges for the tourney included Nancy and Stan Meyer of Geneva, Jenni Erhart and Debbie Anderson of Osceola, Pat Ohlmann and Dr. Louis Reith of Seward.

Seward High’s Activities Director-John Moody coordinated the tourney, assisted by Charles Gebhardt -and Clark Kolterman.  Riley Nuttleman served as the Quiz Master. The coaches and extra team members served as timers and score keepers for the individual rounds.

The tourney opened at 9:00 AM and continued through 3:00 PM.

There were 12 teams in the Central Conference 2022 Quiz Bowl Tourney, and included Seward High Coached by Melissa Pohl, York High Coached by Samantha Due, Holdrege High Coached by Brandy Edgren, Adams Central High Coached by Jill Houghtelling, Schuyler High Coached by John Sayer, and Crete High Coached by Codi Slama.  Each school brought two teams for the contest with up to six on a team, while only four members could compete at a time.

“The Central Conference is excited to sponsor this Central Conference Quiz Bowl tourney every year, as it is showcasing some of the best scholars in Nebraska, allowing these student scholars the recognition they deserve,” commented Seward AD John Moody.  “It is an educational opportunity for each of the participating Central Conference teams and also creates a team bonding as well.  Seward Schools is happy to be the host for this Central Conference event and thanks the Central Conference for their leadership in promoting this academic competition.   

Photo One-All the teams –A and B-L-R Back Row Damien Gligorevic, Blake Austin, Evan Wilkinson, Owen Krahulik, F-R L-R Elianah Wunderlich, Maddie Viger, Sjoen Munk, Lydia Lobmeyer.

Photo Two-SHS Team A Conference Champs.-L-R Owen Krahulik, Maddie Viger, Blake Ausitn, Evan Wilkinson, and Coach Melissa Pohl First Place at Central Conference-