Knowledge Bowl to test brain limits of competitors
By BY SONNY LONG - SLONG@VICAD.COM
Feb. 13, 2013 at 6:04 p.m.
Updated Feb. 13, 2013 at 8:14 p.m.
Brainiacs - or those who think they are - will gather Friday at the Victoria College Student Center for the annual Knowledge Bowl.
The event, presented by the Rotary Clubs of Victoria and benefiting the Victoria Adult Literacy Council, features teams of four in both adult and student divisions competing in Trivial Pursuit-like competition.
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.
The defending adult division champions are the Wise Ones from Calhoun County. In the student division, a team from St. Joseph High School took top honors in 2012.
This year, 27 adult teams and nine student teams will try to wrestle the crowns away from the defending champions.
The Knowledge Bowl was started in 1995 by the Victoria Advocate's Jim Bishop to help increase literacy in the Victoria area by supporting the Victoria Adult Literacy Council.
"The Knowledge Bowl has been a great opportunity for friendly competition in the community of Victoria for the past 19 years," said Stacey Milberger, executive director of the literacy council. "It continues to gather people and bring life to education and its importance with the funds raised."
Milberger said the literacy council depends on funds raised by the event to help keep providing programs that make free education accessible to adults and families in the community.
"Our mission is to touch one life at a time through a variety of free educational opportunities," she said. "Opportunities that will help people better provide for their families, get a better job, help their children with their homework - the list goes on. Thanks to everyone who helps make this possible."
The Victoria Rotary Clubs are now in their seventh year conducting the event. There are three Rotary Clubs in Victoria - Victoria Rotary Club, Victoria Northside Rotary and Sunrise Rotary of Victoria.
The literacy 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 adult students.