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Seward Middle School Quiz Bowl Teams Participate in the Nebraska Mothers Association of the American Mothers, INC Eleventh Annual Quiz Bowl in Seward

The Nebraska Mothers Association of the American Mothers, INC (NAMI) hosted their Eleventh Annual Quiz Bowl for Nebraska middle school students, competing in a general knowledge quiz bowl event at the Seward Civic Center on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm in Seward, Nebraska.  The event featured a series of round robin contests between school’s teams in the morning, concluding with the teams all entered in a single elimination tourney in the afternoon.  Awards were presented in the three divided tournaments-Large, Medium and Small Middle Schools.  Trophies and medals were awarded the first place teams and trophies were also presented to each of the runner-up teams as well.  It as a general knowledge quiz bowl on math, history, science, music, language arts and literature-middle school level.

The Seward Middle School joined in the tourney with two teams, both coached by SMS teacher Laura Trautman.  The members included Addilyn Sugden, Ethan Boggs, Evelyn Theobald, Maddelyn Larson, Kayla Albright, Avery Rodocker, Emma Matulka, Ava Slechta,  Isaac VanBeek, Tylan Wohlford, Cardin Goracke, Lucian Gunn.

There were 48 teams in the Middle School Tourney.  The MS Tourney was held at the Seward Civic Center at 616 Bradford Avenue, Seward, Nebraska.  

In the Middle School AMI State Tourney, the Large Middle School was won by Gretna Team A MS-Coach Jill Frederick, followed by Gretna Aspen Creek MS Team B-coached by Jill Grant with Third Place to Columbus Scoitus A Team –coached by Annie Sokol, and Fourth to Central City Team  A MS –coached by Anna Detlefsen. 

In the Medium Middle School Division; First Place went to Thayer Central-Coached by Lrostome Lulert, Second to St. Joseph MS Coached by Marie Minchow, with Third to Oakland Craig Team B-Coached by Michael Menish and Fourth to Cross County-coached by Joanna Neilsen. 

The Small School Division winner was Osceola Team A-coached by Kim Baloun, with  Exeter Milligan Team B-Coach Jordan Marr in Second Place, and  Exeter Milligan Team B in Third Place and McCool Junction Team A MS coached by Jabe Wurtz with Fourth Place.  

There were a total of 48 teams in the tourney-one of the largest middle school tourney in the history of the contest!  Schools represented in the Middle School Division included Columbus Scotus, Gretna, Gretna Aspen, Kearney Catholic, Norris, Seward, Centennial, Central City, Cross County, Howells Dodge, , McCool Junction, Shelby Rising City, St. John-Seward, Thayer Central, Dorchester, Exeter-Milligan, Friend, Fullerton, Hampton, Our Redeemer Staplehurst, Milford MS, Nebraska Christian, Wilber-Clatonia MS, Osceola, Hampton MS, St. Joseph Catholic MS-Lincoln and Oakland-Craig.

The tourney was an all-volunteer event! Volunteer readers/judges include NAMI volunteers Lanae Tryon, Sue Venteicher, Vicki Dryden-Omaha, Sheila Monke of Fremont/Arlington, Ginger McGurk-Bennington, Sue Imig, Pat Ohlmann, Dr. Louis Reith, Clark Kolterman of Seward, Jenni Erhart of Osceola, Kathy Wilcox of Crete.  Riley Nuttleman, Sue Venteicher and Jean Kolterman coordinated the day’s schedule and team postings.  Jean Kolterman served as the project chair for the Nebraska Mother’s Association-American Mother’s INC.  Sue Venteicher hosted the luncheon for the Nebraska Mothers Association for American Mothers, Inc  for the coaches, judges, readers and those volunteers involved in helping with the Quiz Bowl.

Timers and scorekeepers were all volunteer students and coaches from the various schools. Riley Nuttleman of Southeast Community College served as the Quiz Bowl Master and set up the tourneys schedules.  He was assisted by Clark Kolterman. 

Teams each pay an entry fee to cover the expenses and any excess funds are directed to the Nebraska Mothers Association- AMI general fund to assist with the various projects of the Nebraska Mother’s Association AMI, INC.  Another Middle School Quiz Bowl is tentatively scheduled for the fall of 2022!

The Nebraska Mothers Association is an affiliate of the American Mothers, Inc.  Since 1931 the American Mothers has built a strong, ever-growing network of mothers working to improve the lives of their families.  For more information on The Nebraska Mothers Association contact Sue Venteicher –State President of Nebraska Mothers Association at sueventeicher@hotmail.com.