The Benson High School academic teams traveled to Pima High School on Wednesday, Oct. 3, to compete in their Knowledge Bowl.

The Benson academic A-team, whose members included senior Ricky Rose and juniors Jessica Borders, Katie Bryan, Edgar Plett, and Ashley Shivvers, took top honors in the A-Team category.  Benson finished with 68 points, ahead of second-place Thatcher with 65 and third-place Tombstone with 55. Eight teams competed in the A division.  

The Benson B-Team, whose members included sophomores Payton Cole, Emma Porter, Katherine Trepanier, Mikhaila Steninger, and Kylie Schubert, placed third of 10 teams in the B-Team division. Morenci took first with 48, followed by Valley Union with 47 and Benson with 44.

“I was extremely pleased with both our A and B Teams,” academic team coach Linda Lou Lamb said.  “Our A-Team tied with Thatcher in the first multiple choice written round, but we won both of the short answer oral rounds to bring home our first championship of the early academic competition season (this is the second meet we have competed in this year).”

“Our B-Team also did extremely well, moving from fifth place after the written round to third overall by earning the most points in both short answer rounds,” Lamb continued.  “This is very impressive for our sophomore academic team members. They are definitely looking to challenge for the B-Team title at our next meet in Safford.”

The academic ’Cats will be competing again on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the Safford Knowledge Bowl.

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