Every year, students from Great Oaks qualify for national competition based on their technical and professional skills. For the past several years, a team of students from Scarlet Oaks Career Campus has quietly dominated the national stage with their academic knowledge, as well.
This year’s Scarlet Oaks quiz bowl team of Abigail Adolfson, an Engineering Technologies and Robotics student from Mason; Dylan Brock, Commercial and Residential Electricity student from Sycamore; Rachel Fuerst, Engineering Technologies and Robotics, West Clermont; and Jayden Matzek (Engineering Technologies and Robotics, Oak Hills) won the SkillsUSA Ohio state quiz bowl championship in April, qualifying them for competition at the SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference in Louisville during June. They are the fourth quiz bowl team from Scarlet Oaks to reach the national championships in the past six years.
The quiz bowl competition requires broad knowledge in many subjects. Students must know mathematics, English, science and social studies, and more. They need to understand current events, and they even must have thorough knowledge of parliamentary procedure, interviewing skills, and the SkillsUSA organization. “They read and memorize Robert’s Rules of Order as well as everything on the SkillsUSA website,” said team coach Mike Thompson, a social studies instructor at Scarlet Oaks. Speed is essential, too, as they must be ready to give the correct answer more quickly than the opposing team.
They’ve been practicing for months. Thompson said that practices start weekly, but become more frequent as the season heats up. “As we get closer to state competitions and now the national competition, we start practicing twice a week and add after school, full dress practices using the buzzer system to make it as close to the real match as possible.”
Being a state champion takes knowledge and perseverance, said Thompson. “You need smart and dedicated kids who want to win. They need to be good team players, supportive and encouraging to one another.” Handling pressure is also important during a match, he said. “Being able to cope with stress and remain cool and professional is a big asset as well when competing.”
These state champions have shown that they’re ready. The national championship takes place on June 26 and 27.