Quiz bowl a celebration of academics

Sandy Creek Elementary at Clay Center team member
Jordan Heinz (middle) answers a question during the ESU 9
elementary Quiz Bowl tournament Tuesday at the North
Shore Assembly of God church. Also pictured is Gavin
Lipovsky (left) and Noah Okraska (right).

Timers ticked. Thumbs poised, prepared to pounce. Buzzers buzzed.

But despite the fast-paced, competitive nature of the ESU 9 elementary Quiz Bowl tournament Tuesday, the attitude among the competitors was a friendly friction.

Take, for example, the quiz bowl teams from Juniata Elementary.

In the month leading up to the bowl, the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade members of the school's two quiz bowl teams had done a lot of practicing against one another in order to prepare for the real deal.

They didn't anticipate that they would come head-to-head again in competitive play.

"It's weird. It will be just like when we practice," said Mollie Kubicka, just before she and her fellow Juniata fourth- and fifth-graders faced the Juniata sixth-graders in what ended up being a 35-30 win to the younger team.

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