The Custer High School Knowledge Bowl team was awarded a wildcard seat at the recent regional competition, where both the Northern and Southern Hills come together to compete against one another.
Custer went in seeded ninth out of 18 teams. The team finished in fifth place, behind Rapid City Stevens’ top team, St. Thomas More, Spearfish and Hill City.
After regions the team was invited to participate in the Lakota Nation Invitational (LNI) Knowledge Bowl competition.
In individual competition, the following students placed highest in their subject area and earned a plate
Nathan Steele (senior) – English Literature IV and Grammar IV
Anna Marie Riner (junior) – American History
Gage McGarrigle (junior) – Health and Chemistry
In double elimination team competition, Nathan Steele, Anna Marie Riner, Gage McGarrigle and Justus Kremer participated in seven matches with the following results:
Match 1: Win by forfeit
Match 2: Win vs CEB
Match 3: Win vs TF Riggs
Match 4: Loss to Red Cloud
Match 5: Win vs. St. Francis
Match 6: Win vs. Red Cloud
Match 7: Win vs. Red Cloud
The team left the LNI as team champions and, averaging in individual results, overall champions.
“As the only non-native team involved in the LNI Knowledge Bowl Competition, we are so thankful to the LNI committee for the invitation to participate,” said Knowledge Bowl advisor Nora Smolnisky. “LNI is an incredible event and it was a privilege to be involved.”
Other team members include Willow Williamson, Ida Jacobsen, Hannah Marshall, Zach Douglas and Dylan Polzine.