Scholars Bowl team studies for tournament

Landon Goodwin, News Writer

    Another team from Montevallo High School will make its first appearance at the end of January:  the Scholars Bowl team.  Members of this team had to take a test and make the highest scores from the tested group. 
    Members of the varsity team include seniors Keelon Bunn, Connor Goggins, Brett Gray, Maryann Lee and Alex Peete; and sophomores Alex Buttgereit and Kenny Oswald.  Members of the B-team are junior Landon Goodwin; sophomores Stephen Gilbert and Dylan King; and freshmen Myien House and Ryan Howard.  Perry Lawley and Anita Glover are sponsors of the team.
    “Scholars Bowl represents some of the most high-achieving students at MHS,” Lawley said.  “The rounds are difficult mentally, and our students do a great job representing Montevallo in competitions.  We hope to repeat our success from last year.  Many of these students have been involved in Scholars Bowl since 6th grade, so they are well-trained and very experienced.”
    The Scholars Bowl team has been practicing once every week since November and is looking forward to the upcoming matches. A match is a multi-round game in which both teams answer trivial or educational questions to earn points. 
    This year the format for the matches has changed from four rounds to three rounds with one worksheet round and two rounds with verbal questions and bonus.  Although changes have been made the students are still confident in their ability.
    “I think we will do well at the tournament, coming in at least 3rd,” Bunn said.
    So far, only one match and one tournament has been scheduled.  The solo match is a practice match against Shelby County High School at SCHS on Tuesday, Jan. 24.  The 2012 Scholars’ Bowl County Tournament will be held at the Shelby County Instructional Services Center in Alabaster on Wednesday, Feb. 8.  Going into the tournament, the entire team is excited and determined to come out with a win. 
    “I have high expectations for the team this year and expect a lot of wins when we go to the county competition,” Glover said.