Knowledge Bowl brings students and their parents together

Sharp minds were rewarded at Knowledge Bowl 2012 held at the Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative Thursday evening.

Sponsored by the Pine Bluff School District Parent and Family Resource Center, the event brought together student representatives from all district elementary schools as well as Belair and Southeast middle schools and Jack Robey Junior High School.

Center coordinator Freddie Jolivette said that the whole point of the exercise is to more fully integrate parents into the learning experience of their children.

“Each student competes with a parent,” Jolivette said. “It is done in a Jeopardy style format, with 20 questions per round. The questions include science and math topics taken from benchmark release items as well as questions about heroes on the local, state and national level.”

“It strengthens the partnership between home and school,” Jolivette said. “All student participants receive Knowledge Bowl medallions.”

Jolivette said that Knowledge Bowl competitions were held at each of the schools in order to select the students that competed at the Thursday night event.

“All of the school winners received trophies,” Jolivette said. “Alternates, who were the second place winners, competed in the Knowledge Bowl last night if the original winner was unable to attend.”

Jolivette said that students from Belair, Southeast, and Jack Robey were divided into north teams and south teams, giving each school two teams of students.

Jolivette named the winners as:

Elementary School competition preliminary round winners

Kaitlyn Peterson: Broadmoor Elementary

Malcolm Howard: Thirty Fourth Avenue Elementary

Treviyon Smith: Oak Park Elementary

Elementary Division Overall Winner: Treviyon Smith

Middle School/Junior High School competition preliminary round winners

Ryan Johnson: Southeast South Team

Sha’nee Hulsey: Southeast North Team

Middle School/Junior High School Overall Winner: Sha’nee Hulsey