It was around the middle of the school year and I had just gotten the suggestion of getting involved in Scholastic Bowl. I was hesitant at first but was eventually convinced into joining since I was interested in seeing what it was all about. First of all, Scholastic Bowl is mainly just competition between two schools in answering difficult questions that vary from subjects such as mathematics, science, literature, history, etc. The goal is for a team to get as many points from answering the 24 questions as they can. Each tossup question is worth 10 points and the bonus questions are also 10, and are given to teams if they correctly answer the tossup question.
I may not have been the best at answering the proposed the questions but I enjoyed going very much so. The best part was watching my Scholastic Bowl team improve as a whole, and get better as the season progressed. Over the span of time in which we participated in it, the team had done very well, as we beat numerous teams and ended our season with a fine record. The only downfall was in the final tournament we took part in, since the two loses we had out of four proved as a fatal blow towards our placing. Our scholastic bowl team got 7th in that tournament, which is, in fact, a decent placing but we all knew, coach included, that it could have been better.
One thing that we all need to improve on, myself too, is answering the questions even if we do not know them. For many of the questions given to us, we had just sat there or said “No answer” which lost us many of the points that could have ended up keeping us in the game. I am sure that at least one of us had a reasonable guess that might’ve been close to correct, because as our coaches’ saying goes “Any guess is better than none”
Overall, I am very pleased that I had been given the opportunity to participate in Scholastic Bowl and enjoyed it much. My coach as well as the whole team was very great and we ended up doing very well together.