The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton Middle School recently competed in the Iowa Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl.The tests are self-scoring, computer contests of 100 multiple-choice questions. Areas covered include math, geography, government, sports, spelling, science, literature, English, history, general information and just plain fun trivia. It is meant to be a team activity with all takers around one computer. Two chances to answer correctly are given. Points are awarded based on how fast they answer as well as on accuracy. Therefore, teams who do well usually are teams who can come up with a consensus answer quickly. An adult is needed to monitor but no adult help can be given. The sixth and eighth grade contests differ in question difficulty. This year’s TAG/Advanced Proficient students in sixth grade were Austin Rasmussen, Brylie Andersen, Josten Kilworth, Sophie Kitelinger, Bryce Bradham, and Owen Juhl. The eighth graders were Jathan Devereaux, Emily Bricker, Hailie Snider, and Myrna Schneider, Jameson Kilworth, Eric Wilson, Gemini Goodwin, Hannah Nelson, Jaiden Pettepier. The sixth graders placed 31th out of 62 teams. The eighth graders placed 24th place out of 61 teams.

“Our MS TAG students did extremely well in the tough academic competition which usually consist of larger schools! I truly enjoy their strategies they take to solve their answers in the Iowa Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl! Good job!” said Lisa Dreier, MS TAG Instructor.