Keith Country Day school is one of two teams to compete in the final episode of Bergstrom Stateline Quiz bowl this weekend. Earlier in the season, Keith pulled off an impressive sweep in the Lightning Round.
Student Cooper Roh started playing on the middle school scholastic bowl team when he was just in 4th grade. Now an 8th grader, Cooper plays on the high school team.
“Playing against seniors, it can be intimidating, of course, but not because I’m an eighth grader but because, perhaps they’re good,” he said.
As is Cooper. During Keith’s appearance on the TV game show earlier in the season, the team went 10 for 10 in the Lightning Round.
“Cooper, specifically, he helped me as captain to get every question in that round,” Jacob Emrich said. “And I think that was the third time that’s been done in the entire time the tournament’s been running. And I was super proud of the team. Super proud of Cooper.”
Keith’s scholastic team is a tight knit group. Students say they’ve gained a great deal from the experience.
Isabelle Falsetti said, “I’ve really enjoyed being on the team. I’ve gotten to know a lot of great people over the years. The majority of my friends have actually come from being on the team.”
Haley Shaw added, “From answering questions and knowing that you have gained something from your knowledge in class, and prior experience. So, I think that’s really helped my confidence.”
Bergstrom Stateline Quiz Bowl gives viewers a chance to see what being on the scholastic team is all about.
“It’s not just the nerd, misfit sport, or a game,” Cooper said. “It’s a fun, academic, driving competition.”
“I think that anyone who thinks that Quiz Bowl isn’t suited for them should really give it a second chance,” Emerich said. “Because there is so much you can learn from this game.”
Keith will take on three-time champion Auburn Knights live on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. on WTVO-TV.