First annual History Bowl at Vol State a success

by Jesse Versage// Staff Writer

On Wednesday, March 25, the Supplemental Instruction (SI) sponsored History Bowl took place. The event occurred in the Rochelle Center at Volunteer State Community College.
There were two teams competing, the Honorifics lead by Dr. Merritt McKinney, director of the Honors Program; and Professor Peter Johnson, associate professor of history and the leader for the History Pickers.
“Jennifer from Supplemental Instruction just contacted me and asked if I wanted to partake in this event and I said sure,” said Johnson.
McKinney’s student team was from the Honors Program and Johnson’s team was made up of some of his best students to compete in this competition.
The event was setup where each team had four teammates, and every so often would switch out with substitutes.
Professor David Fuqua, assistant professor of Economics, hosted the History Bowl and read out the questions to the competitors. The questions mainly ranged from mid 1800s – 1920s era for United States history.
The way the competition worked was that with every question a team gets correct, that team who answered it correctly received ten points.
If the team answered incorrectly, the other team would have a chance to answer.
They could try to answer the question mid description without any penalty if they had the question incorrect.
There was also a buzzer system where one team was blue and the other red, and each individual on each team got a buzzer to use if they wanted to try to answer the question asked. If no one on either team answered the question, the question would go to the audience to answer.
At the end of the event, Johnson’s History Pickers won with the final score being 210 – 150.
The attendance ranged from 65 – 75 in the audience alone.
Also in attendance was Dr. George Pimentel, the vice president of Academic Affairs, he was there to settle disputes if there were any to occur.
“There were a lot more people who showed up the History Bowl than I anticipated, if we could have more events like this on campus that would be awesome,” said Sara Jarka a Vol State student.