Better Than Trivia Crack


Photo by: Elissa Freemire

Scholar’s Bowl members Kennedy Bowers, Jacob Lutgen, and Mitchell Mikinski prepare for the start of a match at the KVL meet on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015.

The room is crowded with dozens of trivia-filled teenagers. There is something in the air that smells like brain farts? For senior Kennedy Bowers, this is scholar’s bowl. She has been involved with it for the past four years and said it’s “basically like Trivia Crack with teams.”

The teams consist of six or seven competitors, but only five are in the rotation. There are are about 18 teams at any given meet, give or take two. Basehor-Linwood’s regional has 15 teams, four of which are the best in the state during the current season.

The top three will advance to state.

An average Scholar’s Bowl competition starts with a bus ride to a school that is usually in Basehor-Linwood’s league, check-in, pizza, and preparing for the imminent tests with other competitors. One tradition of the team is to sign the school banner before every meet for no particular reason.

One of the most common views is people playing QuizUp, Trivia Crack, and basically any other trivia game.

What makes this sport (or “battle of the brains” if you prefer the term) so unique are the competitors; specifically, the fact that they are just about normal high school students, but each have their own speciality for the questions (three of English/Literature, math, science, fine arts, and two random subjects).

With the help of foreign exchange student, Alicia Luna Lopez, the foreign language category has been dominated.

“The atmosphere is typically relaxed, especially early in the season. Everyone is enjoying their free food, while studying random trivia facts, or more efficient ways to solve math problems,” Kennedy said. But when January and February roll around, rosters are set for state and an air of seriousness approaches.

The main differences between Scholar’s Bowl and Trivia Crack are the time limits and the teams. Not only these, but the level of importance also changes. When the buzzer sounds, the only thing that matters is the simple answer and the even vaster knowledge of each competitor.

According to Kennedy, one of the most important things to NOT do before, during, or after a meet is to steal another person’s donut. It is especially effective if one is named Mitchell Mikinski.