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Annual Knowledge Bowl to test your smarts

By Sonny Long
Feb. 7, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Updated Feb. 6, 2012 at 8:07 p.m.


Is there that one person in your office who thinks he or she knows everything?

No matter the topic, this "smarty-pants" always has an answer.

Well, put them to the test and form a team to take part in the 2012 Knowledge Bowl. A team competition of information across a variety of topics, the 18th annual Knowledge Bowl will be at 5 p.m., Feb. 17 at the Victoria College Student Center, 2200 Red River St.

The Knowledge Bowl is a lot like Trivial Pursuit, but more challenging.

Teams answer a variety of questions, a total of 150 in three rounds of 50 questions each, based on subjects including history, arts, literature, science, geography, pop culture and current events. Answers are tabulated and the winners are announced.

Registration for a team of four is $100 and benefits programs of the Victoria Adult Literacy Council. Registration deadline is Monday.

Entry is limited to 34 adult teams and 10 student teams. Trophies will be awarded in both division.

Spectators can also cheer on their favorite team for a $5 admission fee.

The Knowledge Bowl has been around since 1995. It was launched by the Victoria Advocate to help increase literacy in the Victoria area by supporting the Victoria Adult Literacy Council.

Former Advocate editor Jim Bishop, who was master of ceremonies of the Knowledge Bowl for the first 12 years, has fond memories of the event.

"Not only was it just plain fun but, hopefully, it brought the joy of reading to many adults who deserved and received a second chance to bring alive the beauty of the written word," Bishop said. "God bless the Adult Literacy Council and the priceless gift they bring to our community."

The council is committed to meeting the needs of the adult learner.

It recruits and trains volunteer tutors to teach and reinforce reading skills and work on English as a second language skills with students.

Victoria Rotary Clubs, now in their sixth year at the helm, conduct the annual fun-filled competition.

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