FCCLA Knowledge Bowl team advances to nationals

Alexis Hafenstine, Jessica Vanstory, Luke Barber, Autymn Schreiner and Eleanor Badeker pose after advancing to nationals in Knowledge Bowl. The team will compete this summer in Anaheim.

The WHS FCCLA Knowledge Bowl team punched its ticket to nationals.

After a victorious weekend, the team will be competing in Anaheim, Calif. this summer.

Five FCCLA members traveled to Louisville last weekend to compete in the Lifesmarts knowledge bowl at the National Cluster Meeting. The team consisted of seniors Luke Barber and Jessica Vanstory and juniors Eleanor Badeker, Alexis Hafenstine and Autymn Schreiner.

In October the team took an online test and scored an 89, the top score of the cluster and second overall in the nation. This score was then added to the results from the quiz bee that the team participated in on Saturday at cluster. The quiz bee is where members from each team separated into their different areas of expertise and answered a set of 10 questions. With a score of 60, WHS kept its number one position at the meet.

After advancing to pool play, WHS played out three rounds of knowledge bowl. They were able to stay at the top of their pool advancing them to nationals this summer. They received second overall out of 26 teams that came all across the country.

Captain Autymn Schreiner felt the team did an awesome job through different phases of competition. “Even when we were losing in some of the buzzer matches we stayed calm and came back every time. I feel like we were never really worried about losing, we knew we could do it,” Schreiner said.

FCCLA adviser Diane Breiner said she was proud of how the team competed. “They did amazing,” Breiner said, “They were number two out of six of the teams to advance. They were number two out of 26.”

WHS will compete at the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim in July. There they will compete against the 5 others from Louisville, 6 others from the cluster in Arizona and the 4 teams who will compete for a second chance in an online test later in the year. “We are very excited to see them represent Wabaunsee,” Breiner said.

— Kaytlyn Meseke, @kaytlyn_nelle

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