ASCTE Student News 2021-2022

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February 2022

  • ASCTE Scholars' Bowl

    Top row: Elizabeth Orton, Brycen Borden, Quenton Borden. Bottom row: Amie Conrey, Tate Osborne, Zachary Osborne. Not pictured: James Norris, Eugene Park, Phillip Omandi, Timothy Kern, Camden Johnston

    In October, the Media Team interviewed Tate Osborne, a member of the Scholars' Bowl team, and asked questions about the academic competition. Tate describes Scholars' Bowl as “a very interesting, but fun game. Two teams go up against each other and the team with the most knowledge prevails. The knowledge comes from many different areas: science, history, literature, fine arts, geography, religion, mythology, philosophy, current events, pop culture, and sports.

    I have been in the scholars' bowl for a little over three years now, and it has been an amazing experience. I previously went to Monrovia Middle School, where I had two great coaches for the scholars' bowl. They made me very enthusiastic about the game and they have supported me ever since. I have also had a lot of support from my parents and the rest of my family. Scholars' bowl is a very interesting, but fun game. Two teams go up against each other and the team with the most knowledge prevails. The knowledge comes from many different areas: science, history, literature, fine arts, geography, religion, mythology, philosophy, current events, pop culture, and sports.

    What I love about the game so much is that I have improved so much over the past years, even through periods like Covid, where all of the tournaments were online and there weren't any tangible rewards for most of the tournaments. It has been getting better, though. I would say to all students that the scholars' bowl is very welcoming to new people, even to those with no experience. When I went to tryouts in middle school in sixth grade, I knew almost zero about literature and art, and I knew some about history and science. Now, I consider myself very knowledgeable in each of those areas. If you start out and you are not doing well, use it as fuel to get better. Before you know it, you may be on the A-team going against other great teams at important tournaments. 

    The Scholars' bowl has kept me interested in learning new things, it has given me new friends, it improved my work ethic and study skills as well as my memory in general, and it has also really helped me with my classes. I strongly suggest trying out new things like the scholars' bowl. 

    At the tournament in Montgomery, we were up against a school known as Alma Bryant. I thought that we would surely win against them, then go up against the former high school state champions. I severely underestimated them; their team of juniors and seniors was incredibly knowledgeable. It came down to the last question; the game ended twenty points apart. We lost. However, I have not given up and I am eager to face them again to show them how much I have improved. I will stay on the journey for the rest of my high school career and I plan to get a lot better, which will make the team better. I have an abundance of faith in and hope for our current team. One way of making the team better is to make new additions. My middle school team that I captained placed tenth in the nation last year, and individually, I placed second. I believe that our team here at ASCTE can reach that same position and hopefully even higher before I graduate.”

    The Scholars' Bowl is always looking for new team members, so if you enjoy learning and have a competitive attitude, come by Mrs. Watson’s room from 4:00-5:00 Monday through Thursday. 

    At the Arab Winter Invitational, ASCTE placed both first and second in the JV division. At the ASCA JV Regional tournament, ASCTE placed first, qualifying for the JV State Tournament. At the ASCA Varsity Regional tournament, ASCTE placed first in its pool, beating both James Clemens and Bob Jones. This qualified the team for Varsity State and Nationals in Atlanta. ASCTE had already qualified for Small School Nationals in Chicago. Keep a lookout for more updates on the achievements of this team!

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