NEWBURY PARK HIGH WINS GEO
Contact: Chris Mainzer, OC Geography Instructor, 805 986-5800, ext. 1930
The competition could have gone either way for Newbury Park High and second-place finisher Santa Paula High School—Team 1, since both answered 14 questions correctly out of 20 questions in the final lightning round. It took the 21st question to finally decide the winner. That left Newbury Park High team the top winner with15 questions correct in only their second year competing in the Geography Bowl challenge. (Last year the team took home a third-place award.)
(The Winning Question – “After the Dec. 26 tsunami of last year both the Tamils and the Senalese put aside their differences to help their country after thousands died. In which country do these two warring factions live?” Answer: “Sri Lanka”.)
Claiming third-place was last year’s top winning team, Rio Mesa High School-Team 1. The fourth place finisher was St. Bonaventure-Team 1 and fifth place went to the High School at Moorpark College-Team 1.
The Newbury Park High School-Team 1 included Trevor Wineman, Landon Wurot, Owen Lloyd, Cody Herrick, Colin Dwyer and Taylor Broughton and advisor Nick Colangelo.
Team members – who admitted they hadn’t even studied too hard for the competition in order to stay “loose” -- will be able to soar over the local coastline and the Conejo Valley hills, piloted by competition judge Jim McCrory of Aspen Helicopters of Oxnard. They will also get to showcase the Geo Bowl perpetual trophy at their school until next year’s competition on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006.
Members of the second place Santa Paula High School Team included Ricky Alamillo, Johnnathan Alvarado, Kevin Barnett, Vanessa Zurita, Daniel Kim and Kristin Mauricio with advisor Janet Borchert. Members of the third place Rio Mesa High School- Team 1 included Bryce Newman, Gregory Ball, Arturo Casillas, Alejandro Jara, David Ilata and William Meyer with advisor Ben Todd.
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