Middle-school Kids Warming Up Minds for Knowledge Bowl
LOWELL -- This is what they’ve been working toward.
Teams of students from three Lowell middle schools will compete for top honors during Knowledge Bowl finals on Tuesday.
“They’re just wonderful kids,” said Carolyn Rocheleau, special programs coordinator for Lowell Public Schools. “The best and brightest from all the middle schools (are) coming together to really showcase their academics.”
The finals will start at 5:30 p.m. at Butler Middle School, on 1140 Gorham St., Lowell.
The competition started earlier this month, with each of the district’s middle schools sending a team of ten students. Both Lang and Daley middle schools have secured spots in Wednesday’s competition.
A third school will qualify for the competition in the final elimination round on Monday.
The competition is general knowledge, testing students on a number of areas like mathematics, science, history, literature and government, Rocheleau said.
“Beyond that, even if they have the knowledge, they also have to know how to sit up in front of an auditorium with a microphone and a buzzer system,” she said.
Residents can attend the competition in person, but due to district budget cuts and staffing, the competition will not be broadcast this year, according to Rocheleau.
Stoklosa Middle School is the defending champion. The winner next week will represent Lowell in the regional Knowledge Bowl in May.
“It’s a really wonderful way to acknowledge students that may not typically get attention that students who play sports or do other things get,” Rocheleau said.
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