Academic Bowl keeps Bath County High School Students sharp

Imagine if you will, Jeopardy for adolescents, or Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader with a little bit of Family Feud thrown in. But this is much more difficult than that.

On the 1st of December four high schools from the region had a meeting of the minds in Bath County. At the first meet Bath County High School Academic Bowl team faced Covington High School, Highland High School, and Parry McCluer from Buena Vista.   The next time, in the middle of January, they faced Parry McCluer again, and Craig County and James River High Schools. This time they won all three matches and advanced to the conference competition. Now some of the team members are preparing for the tournament at Auburn High School, which was scheduled to take place on January 26th, but could be on a different day because of all the inclement weather recently.

For a few sample questions, a couple of the team members Nevada and Utah Kershner agreed to serve a “quizmasters”. Think fast though, because they’re giving answers quickly too.

Nevada Kershner, “Name these United States Vice Presidents who later became President:

He was the first man to do it. . . . John Adams

He got the job when William Henry Harrison died. . . John Tyler

He took the job after James Garfield was assassinated. . . Chester A. Arthur”

Again, those were U.S. presidents who later became Presidents.

How did you do? Are you ready for another one?

Utah Kershner continued with a more contemporary question.

“In the old days, banks paid for fraudulent credit card charges; as of October1, 2015, the liability for some fraudulent EMV charges was shifted to this group of people.

Merchants without EMV reader.”

The Bath County High School faculty who acted as quizmasters at the first meet were Jim Lucente and Steve Youngdahl; Noreen Mitchell, Heather Hough, Lisa Hamilton and Anne Clarry served as the time and scorekeepers, and the judges. Amber Yohe has been the coach throughout the whole season.

So now, because your brain has had its warm-up, here are a few more questions, and their answers. Utah, and medieval history:

Name these characters in Alfred Lord Tennyson’s Iydlls of the King:

  1. The last part of the work tells the death of this king, who has Sir Bedivere throw his sword Excalibur back to the Lady of the Lake. . . King Arthur.
  2. This girl dies after realizing that her love of Sir Lancelot will never convince Lancelot to leave Queen Guinivere. . . Elaine.

The Bath County students who practiced all fall with questions like these, and quite a few from the specialties of advanced Math and Chemistry too- are:

Emmanuel Ashie, Travis Braxton, Jillian Brown, Sophia Bulgarelli, Steve Gardner, Austin Hall, John Heffler, Mason Keyser, Nevada Kershner, Utah Kershner, Aaron Loan, Brianna Negrete, Zach Potter, Alex Pritt and Gabrielle Reed. Allegheny Mountain Radio wishes them well in the next round of conference play, and leaves listeners with a final question,

Again Nevada Kershner, “ In October 2015, the founder and CEO of the company called Square, Jack Dorsey, decided to come back and serve as CEO of the company he cofounded. Name this company, less profitable than Facebook so far, that now plans to remove the 140-character length limit on its messages or ‘tweets’ . .


If you have any interest in taking quizzes, or participating in game-type shows please feel free to chat about it on Allegheny Mountain Radio’s Facebook page, and let us know what you’d like to hear.


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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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