1,110 students take part in 35th Northeast scholastic contest and quiz bowl


NORFOLK – Wayne Community Schools won the 2019 Class C High School Scholastic Contest hosted by Northeast Community College on Wednesday in Norfolk. Wakefield Community School was second and Cedar Catholic High School in Hartington placed third. In the Class D contest, Wausa Public School claimed first-place honors. Howells-Dodge Consolidated Schools was second followed by a tie for third between Plainview High School and Rock County High School.

Over 1,100 students from forty-eight Class C and Class D schools participated in the scholastic contest and a quiz bowl competition. The quiz bowl was won by Oakland-Craig, with Lutheran High Northeast taking runner-up honors.

During the Scholastic Contest, students were tested on subjects such as accounting I and II, administrative professional, agri-science, algebra I and II, American government and history, technical mathematics, art history, auto body and frame dimension diagnosis (written and lab), automotive technology (written and lab), basic construction (written and lab), biology, business English, business law, calculus, chemistry, computer literacy, drafting and English composition.

Other tests included foods and nutrition, general science, geography, geometry, library usage, literature, medical terminology, music, parenting/child development, personal finance, physics, health, wellness, sports and physical education, psychology, public speaking, small engines, Spanish, trigonometry, vocabulary, welding and world history.

Individual student medals were awarded for first, second, and third place in each test, in each class. Team plaques were awarded to schools receiving the most points in Class C and D. Championship and runner-up plaques were awarded for the Quiz Bowl with members of the championship team receiving individual medals.

Each first-place championship school from Class C and D was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Northeast Community College Foundation. The scholarship is to be presented to a student from the winning schools who participated in the 2019 Scholastic Contest, will graduate this spring and will register as a full-time student at Northeast for the 2019-2020 academic year. In addition, Northeast will award tuition waivers of $1,000 each to 24 seniors (12 in each class) who earned first place on their exams. Winners will be determined based on the highest percentage earned on the respective exam.

Lyle Kathol, vice president of educational services, said on going flooding and subsequent damage in the region prevented some schools from participating this year.

“Even though we had eight schools unable to take part due to road and travel restrictions, the schools participating expressed appreciation to have an opportunity for their students to compete in an academic activity. If the additional schools participated, our totals would have been over 1,300 individual students.

Kathol said the event requires extensive coordination by all divisions of the college in order for it to run smoothly.

“I would like to express my thanks to all of our faculty, staff and students who had a part in making this such a great event for future Northeast students. I want to especially thank our faculty for updating exams and serving as exam proctors during a regular teaching day. And a special appreciation goes out to the staff who performed behind the scenes work to make this event a huge success.”

Participating schools included: Allen Consolidated, Bancroft-Rosalie, Battle Creek, Bloomfield, Boone Central, Burwell, Chambers, Clarkson, Creighton, Crofton, Emerson-Hubbard, Ewing, Guardian Angels Central Catholic-West Point, Hartington Cedar Catholic, Howells-Dodge Consolidated, Humphrey, Humphrey St. Francis, Keya Paha County, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, Leigh, Lindsay Holy Family, Lutheran High Northeast-Norfolk, Lyons-Decatur Northeast, Madison, Newman Grove, Niobrara, Norfolk Catholic, Oakland-Craig, Omaha Nation, O’Neill, Pender, Pierce, Plainview, Randolph, Rock County-Bassett, St. Mary’s-O’Neill, Stanton, Stuart, Tekamah-Herman, Verdigre, Wakefield, Wausa, Wayne, West Holt-Atkinson, West Point-Beemer, Winnebago, Winside and Wisner-Pilger.

The first Northeast Community College High School Scholastic Contest was held in 1984 with 13 Class C and D schools participating. There were also a few Class B schools in the original contest.