MCC-Maple Woods harnesses academic know-how at Scholar Bowl on March 1

In a longstanding tradition, more than 100 students are taking part in the annual Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods Scholar Bowl this year.

Marking the 32nd anniversary of the event, judges will test tScholar Bowl Poster Boardhe knowledge and acumen of 20 teams of high school students from across the greater Kansas City area on March 1.

Scholar Bowl participants are mostly high school juniors and seniors, with the average age between 16 and 17.

“I love the challenges to our questions,” says Douglas Fishel, MCC-Maple Woods philosophy instructor and one of the event organizers. He added, “I learn a lot from the students, and we have had to uphold some challenges because the students know more than we did.”

A little history about the Scholar Bowl: (Don’t worry, participants. This will not be included in the questions.) The Scholar Bowl is an independent activity that was started in 1985 by John Stockmeyer, MCC-Maple Woods history instructor. Stockmeyer, who taught for four decades at MCC, died in 2014. He is remembered not only for spearheading the Scholar Bowl, but also initiating the annual Brain Drain trivia contest, which happens every December.

Scholar Bowl action has occurred uninterrupted except for in 2014, when it had to be called for weather.

Here are the high schools with participating teams this year:

  • Benton High School
  • Cameron High School
  • Cristo Rey High School
  • Excelsior Springs High School
  • Fort Osage High School
  • Kearney High School
  • Lafayette High School
  • Lawson High School
  • Liberty High School
  • Liberty North High School
  • North Kansas City High School
  • Park Hill High School
  • Platte County High School
  • Savannah High School
  • Smithville High School
  • Pius X High School
  • Truman High School
  • Van Horn High School
  • William Chrisman High School
  • Winnetonka High School

Every team has a coach and sponsor. Fishel and Diane Boldt, MCC-Maple Woods history instructor, are the judges, but it also takes 15 or so scorers to grade the tests and get the scores posted.

The MCC-Maple Woods Scholar Bowl takes place March 1 from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Campus Center, 2601 N.E. Barry Road, Kansas City, Mo. 64156.

A look back at the 2015 winners:

2015 1st place winner, Liberty North High School
2015 2nd place, Park Hill High School
2015 3rd place, William Chrisman High School
2015 4th place, Winnetonka High School