Absarokee middle schoolers take third at regional Science Bowl

Catherine Frazer
Thursday, March 14, 2019
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The Absarokee middle schoolers celebrate with the third place trophy they earned at the Science Bowl.  

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AHS Team 1 at the Science Bowl last week.

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AHS Team 2 waits for the round to begin.

For the third straight year, a team of Absarokee middle schoolers has taken home the third place trophy from the regional Science Bowl competition.

Held last weekend at MSU-Billings, the Big Sky Regional Science Bowl is a “quiz bowl” competition involving questions on math, biology, chemistry, physics, energy, and earth and space science. Students who participate must be knowledgeable and fast.

Two Absarokee teams were among the 21 middle school teams that competed on March 8. Both teams played six matches in the morning round-robin competition.

Team 1 members included Avery Gates, Nila Dawson, Elias Richardson, Dillon Ferster and Brynne Eixenberger. The team finished the morning undefeated, with wins against Nashua, Greybull, West Yellowstone, Park City, Poplar and St. Francis.

Team 2, consisting of Isaac Boyce, Izzy Gurie, Tandy Planichek, Allison Howes and Isaac Richardson, had a tough morning and finished 1-5. The Huskies beat Greybull, but lost to St. Francis, Shepherd, eventual champion North Middle School, Nashua, and Lewis & Clark Middle School.

In the afternoon double-elimination tournament, Absarokee Team 1 did very well. It beat Lewis & Clark and two teams from St. Francis before losing out to Luther School, the eventual second place team. Team 1 went 9-2 over the entire day, only falling to Luther. This meant Absarokee finished in third place overall, bringing home that trophy for the third straight year.

Two Absarokee High School teams were among the 21 high school teams that competed on March 9.

Team 1 members were Kaiya Holmquist, Brent Kelley, Haley Richardson and Adree Langley. They finished the morning competition with a win against Billings West, a loss to Billings Skyview, and ties against Plentywood and West Yellowstone.

Team 2 – Maggie Howes, Colton Young, Andrew Espeland and Claire Hatch – finished the morning with wins against West Yellowstone and Helena Capital, and very close losses to Custer County and a different Helena Capital team. This was enough to get Team 2 into the afternoon elimination bracket. Unfortunately, they lost out to Park City and Billings West.

The two AHS teams did very well for being such young teams (both consisted of mostly sophomores).

All of the Absarokee Science Bowl team members worked hard, practicing twice a week during lunchtime the last several months. The following alternates also put in significant practice time: Christopher Pasecznyk, William Andonian, Callen Gunderson, Tom Murphy and Keagan Sandlin.