Hancock County students participating in the 59th Knowledge Master Open competition Dec. 5 placed in the top five.
The Weir Middle School team, which includes students from that school and St. Joseph the Worker Catholic School placed first in the state and 50th overall among 508 middle schools across the country. The students scored 1,461 of 2,000 possible points.
The Oak Glen Middle School team placed fourth in the state and 397 overall with 1,009 points.
Weir Middle School and St. Joseph the Worker Catholic School students participating in the Fall Knowledge Masters Open were, from left, front, Wil Visnic, Abby Wallace, Amelia Adams, Abby Cower, Josh Skolny and Rachael Horstman, second row, Joey Garan, Brendan Zevios, Mary Babinchak, Sydney Upright, Dakota Wagner, Michael Gresko, Adam Cowden and Michael Mills, and, back, Jimmie DiGiacinto, Georgia Beatty, Chayton Luevano, Zac Hannah, Cody Enrietti, Kali Potock, Jordan Allen and Levi Mikula. -- Contributed
Each students answered questions ranging from trivia to law and psychology and typical academic areas such as math, science, social studies and literature. Each student answered 200 questions and was scored based on accuracy and speed.
"The competition moves very quickly," said Melanie Donofe, coach. "These students read and answered questions in as little as two to seven seconds. The scores show that both teams have some very remarkable students and they are learning at a very high level. It is a credit to their classroom teachers that they are applying what is learned in the classroom to random questions in a competition like this. The fall KMO is more difficult because they haven't been taught some of the concepts that are included in the questions. I believe the points will be higher in the spring, the final Knowledge Master competition. I'm so proud of having two teams finish first and fourth in the state in the fall competition, what an awesome job."
Students on the Weir Middle team included Amelia Adams, Jordan Allen, Mary Babinchak, Georgia Beatty, Adam Cowden, Abby Cowher, Jimmie DiGiacinto, Cody Enrietti, Joey Garan, Michael Gresko, Zac Hannah, Rachael Horstman, Chayton Luevano, Levi Mikula, Michael Mills, Kali Potock, Joshua Skolny, Wil Visnic, Sydney Upright, Dakota Wagner, Abby Wallace and Brendon Zevious.
Students on the Oak Glen Middle School team included Brooke Alexander, Austin Andrews, Ty Biela, Lucas Chambers, Jacob Collins, Haley Craiger, Danielle Emerick, Devon Flanagan, Nick Garmire, Olivia Gosnell, Elle Greco, Morgan Harris, Emma Hisrich, Taylor McKay, Marques McHaffie, Maclay Moore, Keen Owen, Zoey Porter, Callie Ralston, Molly Swartzmiller, Katie Szymanski and Dakota Warren.
The Knowledge Master Open recognizes academic accomplishment. The contest runs on classroom computers to allow all students the opportunity to compete in a large academic event without the expense of traveling to a central site.
Results of the contest are tabulated into overall, state and enrollment-size rankings by Academic Hallmarks, a Colorado software publisher.
Contest results and example questions are available at www.greatauk.com