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Record numbers at 34th Scholastic Contest and Quiz Bowl

Record numbers at 34th Scholastic Contest and Quiz Bowl

NORFOLK, NE – O’Neill High School won the 2018 Class C High School Scholastic Contest hosted by Northeast Community College in Norfolk. Wayne Community Schools was second and Cedar Catholic High School in Hartington placed third. In the Class D contest, Bancroft-Rosalie Schools claimed first-place honors. Creighton Community Schools was second followed by St. Mary’s High School in O’Neill in third.

A record number of students took part in both events. A total of 1,260 students from 51 Class C and Class D schools participated in the Scholastic Contest. The event also included a Quiz Bowl with 41 teams with an additional 250 students from both classes participating. The Quiz Bowl was won by Howells-Dodge Consolidated Schools with Oakland-Craig High School taking runner-up honors.

During the Scholastic Contest, students were tested on subjects such as accounting I and II, administrative professional, agri-science, algebra I and II, American government and history, art history, auto body and frame dimension diagnosis (written and lab), automotive technology (written and lab), basic construction (written and lab), biology, business English, business law, calculus, chemistry, computer literacy, drafting and English composition.  

Other tests included foods and nutrition, general science, geography, geometry, library usage, literature, medical terminology, music, parenting/child development, personal finance, physics, health, wellness, sports and physical education, psychology, public speaking, small engines, Spanish I and II, technical mathematics, trigonometry, vocabulary, welding and world history. 

Individual student medals were awarded for first, second, and third place in each test, in each class. Team plaques were awarded to schools receiving the most points in Class C and D. Championship and runner-up plaques were awarded for the Quiz Bowl with members of the championship team receiving individual medals.

Each first-place championship school from Class C and D was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Northeast Community College Foundation. The scholarship is to be presented to a student from the winning schools who participated in the 2018 Scholastic Contest, will graduate this spring and will register as a full-time student at Northeast for the 2018-2019 academic year. In addition, Northeast will award tuition waivers of $1,000 each to 12 seniors who earned first place on their exam. Winners will be determined based on the highest percentage earned on the respective exam. 

Lyle Kathol, vice president of educational services, said he was pleased with the level of commitment Northeast faculty and staff put into to the contests.

“This event requires extensive coordination with all divisions of our College to make it run smoothly and to leave a positive impression with our guests. Once again, Northeast demonstrated excellence as the students and teachers made very positive comments about Northeast and the experience they had with the two events.”

Participating schools included: Allen Consolidated, Bancroft-Rosalie, Battle Creek, Bloomfield, Boone Central, Boyd County-Lynch, Boyd County-Spencer, Burwell,  Chambers, Clarkson, Clearwater, Creighton, Crofton, Elgin, Elkhorn Valley-Tilden, Emerson-Hubbard, Ewing, Guardian Angels Central Catholic-West Point, Hartington Cedar Catholic, Howells-Dodge Consolidated, Humphrey, Humphrey St. Francis, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, Leigh, Lindsay Holy Family, Lutheran High Northeast-Norfolk, Lynch, Lyons-Decatur Northeast, Madison, Neligh-Oakdale, Newman Grove, Niobrara, Norfolk Catholic, Oakland-Craig, O’Neill, Orchard, Pender, Pierce, Plainview, Pope John XXIII Central Catholic-Elgin, Rock County-Bassett, Spalding Academy, St. Mary’s-O’Neill, Stanton, Stuart, Tekamah-Herman, Verdigre, Wausa, Wayne, West Holt-Atkinson, West Point-Beemer, Wheeler Central-Bartlett, Winnebago, Winside, and Wisner-Pilger. 

The first Northeast Community College High School Scholastic Contest was held in 1984 with 13 Class C and D schools participating. There were also a few Class B schools in the original contest.        



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Members of the Howells-Dodge Consolidated School’s Quiz Bowl Team (l-r) Paul Smith, Holly Tomcak, Dax VanLengen and Jon Yosten) discuss an answer to a question during the championship round of the annual Quiz Bowl at Northeast Community College recently. Howells-Dodge won the competition over a team from Oakland-Craig High School. Over 1,500 students competed in the quiz bowl and scholastic competition.