From science to literature and everything in between, high school students squared off with their peers from around the area at the annual Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods Scholar Bowl on March 6.
Students from 18 schools competed in the 34th annual event. Teams are mostly made up of high school juniors and seniors, with the average age between 16 and 17. It’s a massive effort to organize, taking 20 volunteers roughly 6 months to plan.
The competition was fierce, with an initial tie for third and fourth place, and also for first and second place.
“It took two rounds of tiebreaker questions to determine those places, and four rounds to determine first and second–that is how good the teams were this year,” said Douglas Fishel, MCC-Maple Woods philosophy instructor and one of the event organizers.
Park Hill South Spanish Teacher and Scholar Bowl Coach Nancy Park said she and her students really enjoyed themselves.
“It was nice to have a different format; it allowed a couple of students to shine who might not always have the opportunity to do so,” Park said.
Top honors this year went to Park Hill South High School. Park Hill High School came in second, North Kansas City High School came in third and Savannah High School came in fourth.
Here is the complete list of high schools with participating teams this year:
- Cameron High School
- Excelsior Springs High School
- Kearney High School
- Lafayette High School
- Lawson High School
- Liberty High School
- Liberty North High School
- North Kansas City High School
- Oak Park High School
- Park Hill High School
- Park Hill South High School
- Platte Co. R-III High School
- Savannah High School
- Smithville High School
- Truman High School
- Van Horn High School
- William Chrisman High School
- Winnetonka High School
The event typically leads to higher enrollment at Metropolitan Community College. Fishel says statistics show 6% of the participants for the 2017 Scholar Bowl, enrolled in fall or spring term.
John Stockmeyer, a veteran MCC-Maple Woods history instructor is always remembered fondly for spearheading the Scholar Bowl. Stockmeyer, who taught for four decades at MCC, died in 2014.