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Chelmsford Wears 2024 Knowledge Bowl Crown

Chelmsford’s McCarthy Middle School team hoists the trophy after winning the Kendall M. Wallace Greater Lowell Regional Knowledge Bowl Tournament on May 7.

by Jen Oemig

CHELMSFORD – For the second year in a row, McCarthy Middle School’s Knowledge Bowl team hoisted the championship trophy during the Kendall M. Wallace Greater Lowell Regional Knowledge Bowl Tournament on May 6-7.

This year, six districts – Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Lowell, Tewksbury and Tyngsboro – competed in the tournament, each sending one 10-member team of students in grades 5-8 to the preliminaries on May 6.

The subjects covered included English, mathematics, social studies, science, the arts and current events.

Each match consisted of a math round, a toss-up round, current events, a toss-up plus bonus round and a speed round.

The winning team from each preliminary match, along with the wild card (highest-scoring second-place team) moved onto the finals on May 7. In the end, Chelmsford was victorious.

“We’ve been reigning champions for two years now,” said eighth grader Arin Roy.

Prior to the competition, for which the McCarthy team was given short notice, the members only had time for three practice sessions.

Coaches for the McCarthy Knowledge Bowl team are social sciences teacher Ashley Jean, technology teacher Pamela O’Meara and English teacher Sheila Kish.

Ms. Jean said she’s incredibly proud of the team and what they were able to accomplish with minimal preparation.

“It’s really cool to see them have confidence up on the stage and see them get to show off academics,” she said. “It is really nice to see academics being highlighted in a competition.”

Ms. Kish said it was exciting being able to see the McCarthy team hoist the trophy after winning the tournament.

“You never know what kind of questions they’re going to get,” she said. “You can practice all these questions and strategies, but it comes down to them at the end of the night.”

As far as preparation goes, Ms. Kish said during practices, the coaches go over questions from previous years and discuss current events with the team members.

“We encourage them to pick up a newspaper,” she said. “Or watch CNN News.”

Evan Kibby, an eighth grader, said he’s been a member of the Knowledge Bowl team for three years.

“I thought it’d be fun to go on stage and answer questions,” he said. “I had a really good time the first year, so I wanted to keep doing it.”

Mr. Roy said he has enjoyed his time competing in Knowledge Bowl, and encourages other students to get involved, especially if they like competition or trivia.

“I’m interested in geography and history in general,” he said. “I’ve been a big fan of ‘Jeopardy’ since I was little, so I thought I’d try it out. … It’s definitely a fun experience, but it can be nail-biting at times.”

Grayson Redding Cooper, a seventh grader, said he enjoys trivia, so being a member of the team made sense to him. And he’s already excited for next year.

“[I’m looking forward to] having more experience and knowing what to expect, practicing more and getting better as a team,” he said. “Confidence is half the battle.”

One response to “Chelmsford Wears 2024 Knowledge Bowl Crown”

  1. Martha Tarr says:

    Great job by all. Chelmsford must be proud of their school.
    Evan Kibby is our grandson and are super proud of him as we are of Blake as well.
    Evan has always answered question far ahead of anything I can answer. He loves playing trivia for sure. 💙💙

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