by Dennis Dalman
The Sartell Knowledge Bowl team tied for ninth place (with two other teams in Class AA division) at the Minnesota Knowledge Bowl meet April 12-13 at Cragun’s Resort near Brainerd.
Twenty-four statewide teams competed at the event. The members of the Sartell team are Bailey Evenson, Joseph Lawson, Kyle McIllwain and Laura Somppi. their coach is Luke Walker.
Sartell, with 107 points, tied with Willmar and St. Thomas Academy. The state champion in the Class AA division is Chaska, 130.5 points; second-place is Academy of Holy Angels at 123 points; and third-place is Rochester at 117 points.
The state champion of the Class A division competition is St. John’s Prep School, which is also a member of Region 7, which is sponsored by Resource Training & Solutions, based in St. Cloud.
All told, 48 teams (Class A and Class AA combined) competed at the meet. They were the winners of more than 800 teams that previously competed throughout Minnesota. At Cragun’s Resort, all of the teams participated in a written round followed by five oral rounds. There were 285 questions on virtually every conceivable subject asked of all the teams.