VCS team places second at Scholars Bowl

From left to right: Nathan Gamble of Shelburne, Sam Edwards-Kuhn of Shelburne, Sophia Webb of Hinesburg, Adam Hamilton of Charlotte, and coach Ruth Heindel pose with their second place trophy April 28 at Fair Haven Union High School.

The Vermont Commons School Scholars Bowl team took second place at the Vermont Middle School Scholars Bowl on Saturday, April 28 at Fair Haven Union High School. The team of four eighth graders competed in the round-robin style tournament, winning six of eight games. Mater Christi School narrowly defeated Vermont Commons in the final game, capturing first place.
Sam Edwards-Kuhn, of Shelburne, won first place in the individual scoring competition with an impressive 400 points. Nathan Gamble, also of Shelburne, placed fourth in individual scoring, and Sophia Webb of Hinesburg and Adam Hamilton of Charlotte rounded out the team.  Ruth Heindel, Vermont Commons School science teacher, coached the team.
The Scholars Bowl is primarily a high school-level competition, but state organizers are trying to increase interest and participation with middle school-level tournaments before students arrive at high school. Students study and answer questions on a wide range of topics including art, contemporary issues, geography, literature, math, music, pop culture, science, and sports.
Vermont Commons students answered over 200 questions, both individually and as a group, on subjects like the American banking system, the opera “Carmen,” islands of the Indian Ocean, subatomic particles, and Spanish art.
Coach Ruth Heindel commented, “I’m very proud of our team. We went into the competition with little practice and did very well.  More importantly, though, we had a blast! And, of course, we learned important information, like the fact that telegraphs were modified into an invention called the stock ticker.”

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