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states border the Pacific Ocean? Which president signed the 1958 act that created NASA? They not only have to buzz in before the other team, but they could also face a point penalty for the wrong answer.
Among them this year is a group of students from Salem High School, who have been preparing for months. But, anything could happen when they begin competing in the Granite State Challenge this week or continue on in the New Hampshire Quiz Bowl League next month.
Being good at these academic and cultural quizzesisn’t something that can be taught, Salem High School teacher and quiz bowl coach Bernie W. Campbell said.
“One third of it is knowing the answer, and two thirds is having the confidence to push the button first and risk being wrong,” he said. “You have to be confident, overconfident, almost arrogant.”
Thestudents may not be feeling overconfident or arrogant heading into their first competition this weekend, after a loss officials called heartbreaking last year, but theteam comprisedmainly of seniors is eager to enjoy their final year and potentially secure the championship that has eluded them the last few years.
“It’s a really fun atmosphere.
Salem’s team was named the Granite State Challenge champions in the 1997 1998 and 2001 2002 school years, but have not made it to the finals in recent years. Since the team was revitalized in 2014, however, they have made it to the semi finals. They hope to go all of the way this year.
“We think we’re going to do well this year,” said senior Alexis Ahern, 17.
Each students has their own strengths. Tarness and sophomore Kolby Dezan, 16, are considered to be the American history experts, while seniorOba Oseghali, 18, has strengths in the sciences.
Together, this may be Salem’s dream team.
“We’re not looking for the geniuses. We’re looking for kids that are well rounded, that have a broad level of interest in not just academic subjects, but in current events and pop culture,” Adams said.
The Granite State Challenge is a also personal passion for their coach of three years. Bernie Campbellwas a member during theteam’s championshipseason in 1998, and connected with his now wife, Sara Campbell, during his time as team captain.
The Campbell household has become a bit of a quiz capital. Not only did the couple bond over the competition, but Sara Campbell now coaches the Merrimack High School team, which narrowly lost the championship match to Nashua High School South last year.
“My dream is to have them meet each other in a game,” said Susan Adams, who produces the Granite State Challenge telecast for New Hampshire Public Television. She notedthat both teams are incredibly strong coming into this season.
Bernie Campbell estimates the Salem High School team is among the top seated teams going into the first round of competitions this weekend. The competition will beshown on New Hampshire Public Television beginning Feb. 10.
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