Scholastic Bowl team heading to regional competition

RADFORD – After sweeping the competition at the district competition in January, the Radford High School Scholastic Bowl will be competing at the Regional competition today, hoping to make their way to the state competition later this month.

The regional competition is set to take place at Holston High School today, Sat. Feb. 11, 2012.  Eastern Montgomery High School, the district runner-up, also advanced to the regional competition.

Cutline: Photo courtesy of the Hawke Family  Radford High School Scholastic Bowl team members Walker Mogen, Nishant Grover, Daniel Hawke, Shelby Brooks, Neha Desai, Matt Turk, Aaron Smith, Zeke Shaffer, Jeff Feng and Cypress Beach, seen here at the Scholastic Bowl District competition held January 18 at RHS, are heading to the regional competition today.
Cutline: Photo courtesy of the Hawke Family Radford High School Scholastic Bowl team members Walker Mogen, Nishant Grover, Daniel Hawke, Shelby Brooks, Neha Desai, Matt Turk, Aaron Smith, Zeke Shaffer, Jeff Feng and Cypress Beach, seen here at the Scholastic Bowl District competition held January 18 at RHS, are heading to the regional competition today.

Four teams – Auburn, Eastern Montgomery, Glenvar and Radford – competed at Districts.

Scholastic Bowl is a Virginia High School League double-elimination competition. This is the 14th year of its existence in the VHSL, and about 87 percent of Virginia schools participate in Scholastic Bowl.

Elaine Argabrite, who has been the RHS Scholastic Bowl Coach for all of those 14 years, says she is continually impressed at the knowledge and dedication of the student team members.

“Questions are asked in many areas covering such topics as medicine, architecture, art, music, philosophies, sports, and the basic English, Math, Science, and Social Studies,” she explained.

“This type of competition is not for the faint of heart,” she continued. “Not only does it take knowledge but it requires the ability to recall the knowledge very, very quickly – almost instantly – and buzz in to lock an opponent out.  These are quite dedicated and competitive students.”

Argabrite said she is eagerly anticipating today’s competition.

This is a very strong team with a wide breadth of knowledge,” she said. “They have been wonderful to work with and I look forward to competing at the Region Tournament.”

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