by Mike Knaak
Sartell’s Knowledge Bowl team won this year’s Class AA championship at the state meet in Brainerd April 12-13.
The top 40 teams, out of more than 1,000 statewide, competed in one written round and four oral rounds.
Team members are Janagan Ramanathan, Nathan Schmidt, Jacob Fandel, Yash Hindka and Mohannad Alkhatib. Luke Walker coaches the team.
The other top teams in Class AA were Edina, second; Rochester Mayo, third; Mankato West, fourth; Holy Family Catholic, fifth; and St. Thomas Academy, sixth.
Because of the snowstorm, this year’s meet was shortened with only four oral rounds instead of five.
Success at the competition requires the ability to work as a team, as well as knowledge of a variety of areas of study and the ability to recall information quickly.