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Holyoke Elementary Students Win
2013 Brain Bowl


In overtime, sudden death championship round against the team from Green Acres Elementary, the Holyoke 3-4th Grade team won the Ft. Morgan Optimist’s Club annual Brain Bowl.  Saturday February 9, 2013 two Holyoke Elementary School teams competed against teams from other schools in Northeast Colorado to earn points during one written round and four oral rounds of questions. Each team consisted of 6 members who answered questions in the areas of literature, science, math, history, technology, sports, spelling, grammar, current events and trivia.   

At the end of the regular rounds, both teams had represented our community well, but the 5-6th grade team was knocked out of the competition, while the 3-4th grade students were ranked at the top of their division with 108 points. After thirty questions in the championship round, Holyoke and the Green Acres teams were tied at twelve points each.  Holyoke’s team won the tie breaking point with their rapid buzz in the on a question asking, “What continent has the second largest land mass?”  Team member Cade Killin fed the correct answer to team spokesman Rylan Worley to earn the final point with the correct answer of “Africa.”  The final decision for the championship was decided when each team’s coach contested a question.  After a tense few minutes, Holyoke was declared the champions with a score of 14 to 12.

 Students were chosen to participate on the team based upon a general knowledge assessment.  Representing the 3-4 grades were: Tate Dille, Cade Killin, Rylan Worley, Ashley Rahe, Haley Van Overbeke, and Isaac Strauss.

Loren Jo Oberle served as 3-4th grade team alternate.  Students on the 5-6th grade team were: Alex Vieselmeyer, Emma Roll, Kyra Loutensock, Ashlyn Churchwell, Emily Jelden, and Josie Herman. Volunteer coaches for the Brain Bowl teams were teachers Christina Martinez and Laura Loutensock.

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