Clark Magnet High takes scholastic bowl

March 15, 2011|By Megan O'Neil;
(Tim Berger/Staff…)

Clark Magnet High School Monday won its first ever Glendale Unified High School Scholastic Bowl, besting Hoover, Glendale and Crescenta Valley high schools in a friendly academic competition that annually pits some of the district’s best students against one another.

“It feels great to win,” said Clark Magnet senior Saro Meguerdijian. “It is a desire accomplished.”

Members of the five-member Clark Magnet team trained during their lunch break every day for months in preparation for the scholastic bowl. The competition requires total focus, the victors said.

“I was very nervous [about] getting the questions correct,” said Clark Magnet senior Sayonika Mohanta. “I wanted to make my school and my parents proud.”

The event drew approximately 350 people to the auditorium at Glendale High School, which rang at every correct answer with the celebratory whooping and hollering of supportive friends and family.

“It is an opportunity to celebrate the learning of students in a variety of subject areas,” said Glendale Unified Assistant Supt. Katherine Fundukian Thorossian, who served as contest director. “It is exciting to see students compete in academics. We see it so much in athletics.”


Monday’s quiz portion of the competition was the second part of the two-phase scholastic bowl. Earlier this month team members participated in an essay contest in which they had 60 minutes to outline what the United States’ official stance should be on the ongoing protests in cities in the Middle East and northern Africa. The Clark Magnet team won the essay contest with 38 points. The Glendale, Hoover and Crescenta Valley teams each scored 36 points.

The quiz portion consisted of two rounds. In the first, the team members were permitted to consult with one another and then responded as a group. In the second round, each participant responded individually, using a buzzer system.

The questions, posed by KNBC weatherman Fritz Coleman, tested the students’ knowledge of social science, language arts, math science and fine arts. They were asked to solve algebraic equations, decipher palindromes and define literary terms such as “oxymoron.” They were prompted to identify names of songs, composers and artists. And they were quizzed about World War II airplanes, Anna Nicole Smith and George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion.”

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