Faculty, students compete to earn bragging rights
Who does Jessica Monk date?
That was one of the few questions that stumped Lansing High School teachers Tuesday at the Scholar Bowl teacher-scholar scrimmage.
Ten teachers participated in the friendly after-school competition, which was designed to be a tune-up for Scholar Bowl team members who will soon head to Kaw Valley League and regional competitions.
In eight rounds, the teachers came out victorious with a 5-3 record against the students. Questions covered geography, math, science, literature and "potpourri," a category that contained mostly LHS-related questions, such as Name one of the volleyball team captains and Who are the presidents of the Kays and of the Kayettes?
Teachers who participated were Ransom Brown, math; Carolyn Pearson, science; Errol Logue, social studies; Ken Church, English; Kathy Bach, English; Larry Fullerton, science; Sue Lednicky, business; Marla Spellman, Spanish; Wes Cackler, science; and principal Steve Dike, who has a background teaching science.
Dike said he participated in the scrimmage every year and the result this year was closer than most.
"This group's quick," he said. And that's a good sign, he said.
"Obviously, you'll love to see kids excel, especially in an academic area," Dike said.
Team captains seniors Stephen Fischer and Kim Cavaleri said the teachers' competition provided good practice for the team members. Because the teachers know more than the students, Cavaleri said, team members must listen better and buzz in faster to compete.
Both captains were positive about how the team fared against the teachers.
"They usually smoke us," Fischer said. "This year was pretty good."
The team split its most recent two tournaments, placing first Thursday at Maranatha Academy in Shawnee but not advancing to finals Friday at Mill Valley High School on Friday.
The varsity and junior varsity teams each have one more competition before the league tournament. League competition, which is for varsity, will be Jan. 30 at Piper High School, and the regional tournament will be Feb. 2 at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park.