By MIRANDA BAINES
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
And the winners of the Elementary Quiz Bowl Competition are … Coker-Wimberly Elementary School and G.W. Carver Elementary School. The teams tied for the win with 29 points each in Thursday morning’s competition at Princeville Elementary School.
“I felt happy, content, excited,” said Coker-Wimberly fourth grader Diego Alonso, when he heard that his team had tied for the win. Alonso expressed his excitement by doing a fist pump every time one of his teammates buzzed in and correctly answered a question during the tie-breaker round.
The W.A. Pattillo team placed second, and G.W. Bulluck and Princeville Elementary tied for third in the competition.
“Every Friday we would practice at school during recess,” said Alonso. “We had to learn about American history, science, chemistry … The hardest questions were the Civil War questions.”
Alonso said his favorite subject is math.
Alonso’s brother, fifth grader Octavio Alonso, also participated in the competition. In his opinion, the hardest question in the quiz bowl was, “What is the girl’s name in ‘The Wizard of Oz?’”
“I knew the first name but not the last one,” Octavio Alonso said. The answer was “Dorothy Gale.”
Alonso’s teammate Montarius Johnson learned valuable lessons that went beyond science and history as a result of the quiz bowl competition.
“I learned that no matter if you win or fail, you should always be proud of yourself,” Johnson said. He also learned about teamwork.
“When somebody needs help, you always gotta help when it’s a team,” Johnson said. The toughest questions for Johnson dealt with history and the Civil War. One of the questions about the Revolutionary War posed by announcer Bill Davidson was, “More soldiers died from disease than fighting during the Revolutionary War. True or false?” The answer was “true.”
Students on the Carver team agreed that the questions were hard.
“Before I came here, I thought it was going to be easier than it actually was,” said fifth grader Emma Rogers. She said the “weaponry” category of questions was the most difficult.
Questions about other countries were the toughest for Ashley Jones, a fourth grader on the Carver team.
“I learned that not everything goes your way all the time and I learned to be supportive of your teammates,” said Jones. She said she was “really happy” that her school tied for the win.
“I know that our school’s going to be very proud of us,” Jones said.
“I’m really excited that we won because we worked so hard to get here,” said Emilee Moore, a fourth grader on the Carver team. “It was really an interesting experience to learn all this knowledge that we probably won’t forget.”
Ramona Hale, coach for the Carver team, said the students practiced once a week for the competition starting at the beginning of the school year.
The competition boosted the confidence of some of the students.
“I learned how to not be shy,” said Markayla Jacobs, a fifth grader on the Coker-Wimberly team.
“Some of them, I could tell that they were going to have stage fright,” said Stacey Knapp, coach of the Coker-Wimberly team. “Some of them, I was surprised. They really opened up when they were on stage. Even if they were wrong, they had that confidence to be able to speak in public.”
Maria Mata-Reyes, a fifth grader on the Coker-Wimberly team, enjoyed the opportunity to answer questions in front of a crowd.
“I like talking to people, so I learned more public speaking skills,” she said, adding she learned “more about history” than she knew before the competition.