Lincolnton High Schoolâ€™s High-Q team will be making its second trip in two weeks to Mars Hill College, but they donâ€™t mind at all.
The group will be competing in the finals of the Knowledge Bowl Saturday, after placing third during preliminaries March 24.
This weekend, the top eight teams will be face off against each other, testing their knowledge.
â€œWeâ€™ll keep playing until someone rises to the top,â€ said Jerri Sue Staton, one of the teamâ€™s advisors.
Competing in the Knowledge Bowl finals is not something new for Lincolnton High School. The school placed first in the event in 1992, 2001 and 2005, earning a trip to Nationals in Washington, D.C.
The competition will be tougher this year, with two teams beating the school during preliminaries. West Lincoln High School also represented the countyâ€™s during this yearâ€™s preliminaries.
â€œWe know there is a major competitor out there lurking,â€ Staton said.
Three members of the National team have returned for this yearâ€™s event. The students still practice once a week after school.
â€œWe have some of our students play against each other in practice each week,â€ said 11th-grader C.J. Varner, who helps out with the team.
During the finals, team members compete in a double-elimination format, with teams answering 70 questions per round.
The questions include everything from pop culture to math and science to ancient history.
While some students might find the berth of knowledge challenging, for many of LHSâ€™s students, that is the reason they joined the team.
â€œThere are not many other events where you get to raise your hand and answer, â€˜The year of the pig,â€™â€ said senior Logan Nantz-Stewart.
Even though their knowledge is fairly vast, team members do have their specialty subjects. Junior Michael Lambert takes the math and science questions, senior Matt McGee likes sports and Nantz-Stewart enjoys the medicine questions.
Although she is the only girl on the team, junior Van Dinh doesnâ€™t feel intimidated.
â€œI donâ€™t know, it really isnâ€™t that much of a difference,â€ she said.
While senior Joe Morton specializes in the arts and literature, his real favorites are questions about the islands of Japan and Theodore Roosevelt.
â€œI get to display my immense knowledge of weird stuff,â€ he said.
The winner of this weekendâ€™s finals receives the rights to the competitionâ€™s trophy for the year, $400 and an opportunity to move on to the national event.
by Mary Williams