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Over 1,100 students take part in 37th Scholastic Contest and Quiz Bowl

Over 1,100 students take part in 37th Scholastic Contest and Quiz Bowl

NORFOLK, Neb. – For the second consecutive year, Pierce High School won the 2022 Class C High School Scholastic Contest hosted by Northeast Community College.

Crofton Community School was second and third place was shared by Howells-Dodge Consolidated School and Wayne High School. In the Class D contest, Bloomfield High School and St. Mary’s High School in O’Neill tied for first-place honors. Leigh Community Schools claimed third place.

This year’s Scholastic Contest was again held virtually with students competing from each of their schools rather than traveling to Norfolk.

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, Anatomy and Physiology, Technical Mathematics, Art History, 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, Plant Science, Introduction to Wellness/Sports/Physical Education, Introduction to Psychology, Public Speaking, four sections of Spanish, 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.

Each first-place championship school from Class C and D was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Northeast Community College Foundation. Scholarship recipients must be students who participated in the scholastic contest, graduate high school this spring and then register as full-time student at Northeast for the 2022-23 academic year. In addition, Northeast will award tuition waivers of $1,000 each to seniors who earned first place on their exams. Waivers will be awarded to 12 seniors in both Class C and Class D with the highest percentage grade on the test that earned the student first place. 

Schools participating in the scholastic contest included: Allen Consolidated; Bancroft-Rosalie; Bloomfield; Boone Central; Boyd County; Burwell; Cedar Catholic, Hartington; Clarkson; Creighton; Crofton; Elgin; Guardian Angels Central Catholic, West Point; Howells-Dodge Consolidated; Humphrey; Keya Paha County; Leigh; Lindsay Holy Family; Lyons-Decatur Northeast; Madison; Neligh-Oakdale; Newman Grove; Niobrara; Norfolk Catholic; O’Neill; Pierce; Plainview; Pope John XXIII Central Catholic, Elgin; Rock County; St. Mary’s, O’Neill; Stuart; Summerland; Tekamah-Herman; Verdigre; Wakefield; Wausa; Wayne; West Holt, Atkinson; West Point-Beemer; Wheeler Central; and Wisner-Pilger.  Approximately 1,000 students participated in the contest.

The first Northeast Community College High School Scholastic Contest was held in 1984 with 13 Class C and D schools participating. 

A Quiz Bowl competition was held in person a week later on Northeast’s Norfolk campus. The team from Lutheran High Northeast (William Bryant, Max Carson, Kolby Nielsen, and Noah Pedersen) defeated Oakland-Craig High School (Laryn Johnson, Shea Johnson, Caleb Sechler, and Brayden Selk) in the 36-team event. The competition consisted of four-person teams plus an alternate equating to 180 students.

Quiz Bowl questions covered general high school academic areas and current events. Championship and runner-up plaques were awarded for the Quiz Bowl with members of the championship team receiving individual medals. 

Schools sending teams to the Quiz Bowl competition, included: Ainsworth; Battle Creek; Bloomfield; Boone Central; Cedar Catholic, Hartington; Clarkson; Crofton; Elgin; Emerson-Hubbard; Guardian Angels Central Catholic, West Point; Homer; Howells-Dodge Consolidated; Humphrey; Humphrey St. Francis; Keya Paha County; Laurel-Concord-Coleridge; Leigh; Lutheran High Northeast; Lyons-Decatur Northeast; Madison; Neligh-Oakdale; Norfolk Catholic; Oakland-Craig; Omaha Nation; O’Neill; Pender; Pierce; Pope John XXIII Central Catholic, Elgin; Stanton; Summerland; Wausa; West Holt, Atkinson; West Point-Beemer; Winnebago; Winside; and Wisner-Pilger. 

Dr. Michele Gill, vice president of educational services, congratulated the students for participating in this year’s contests and quiz bowl.

“I am pleased Northeast Community College was able to provide area high school students an opportunity to participate in these challenging academic activities. Although the scholastic contest was held remotely, the quiz bowl portion of the competition allowed students a chance to compete against each other in-person in a safe environment.”   

Gill said extensive coordination is required by all divisions of the College for events to run smoothly.

“I want to extend my sincere appreciation to all Northeast employees who had a part in making the events happen for our future Northeast students. I especially want to thank the exam proctors and the sponsors in the individual high schools.”




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Phil Carlson, coach of the Lutheran High Northeast quiz bowl team, takes a photo of his students after they won Northeast Community College’s annual Quiz Bowl competition recently. Pictured (from left) are Noah Pedersen, Max Carlson, William Bryant, and Kolby Nielsen. Oakland-Craig was runner-up in the event.