Absarokee students excel at Science Bowl

Thursday, March 12, 2020
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Photos by Catherine Frazer

The annual Big Sky Regional Science Bowl was held on March 6 and 7 at MSU-Billings. Four teams from Absarokee participated. This is a “quiz bowl” competition with questions on Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math, Energy, and Earth & Space. The teams had been practicing twice a week at lunch since Christmas break to prepare for this event.

In the middle school competition Absarokee did very well, bringing home both second and fourth place out of 13 teams. This is the fourth straight year Absarokee has brought home a trophy. Team 2 finished second and was comprised of Allison Howes, Tom Murphy, Isaac Richardson, Aubrey Winter and Amber Peterson. Team 1 finished fourth and was Dillon Ferster, Brynne Eixenberger, Shayla Russell and Logan Young.

In the morning round-robin competitions both Absarokee middle school teams beat teams from Poplar, Nashua and Park City. Both teams lost to eventual champion North Middle School (Great Falls). They split with St. Francis 2 (Billings) and with each other. Team 1 finished the morning with a 3-3 record, and Team 2 finished 5-1.

In the afternoon double elimination tournament Absarokee Team 1 beat Absarokee Team 2 and St. Francis, then lost to North Middle School and another match to Absarokee Team 2. Team 1 ended the day with a 5-5 overall record and 4th place. Absarokee Team 2 lost to Absarokee Team 1, then beat two teams from St. Francis, Park City and then beat Absarokee Team 1. They made it to the championship for the first time ever for an Absarokee team, but lost a very close match to perennial power North Middle School. They finished with an overall record of 9-3 and 2nd place.

Absarokee High School sent two teams. Team 1 was Maggie Howes, Dalton Helmuth, Claire Hatch and Adree Langley. Team 2 was Brent Kelley, Kaiya Holmquist, Haley Richardson, William Andonian and Avery Gates. In the morning rounds both teams ended with 2-3 records, which was enough to make it to the afternoon elimination tournament. Team 1 beat Helena High 2 and Red Lodge, and lost to Helena Capital 2, Billings West 2, and Helena Capital 1. Team 2 beat Skyview 2 and Plentywood, and lost to Helena High 1, Lima and Chester-Joplin-Inverness. Both teams lost out in the double elimination tournament in two rounds. Team 1 lost to Billings West 2 and Skyview 1. Team 2 lost to eventual champion Helena High 1 and Billings Central. The Absarokee teams were 2 of only 3 Class C teams in the afternoon competition.