Kiwanis Club reviving annual Quiz Bowl
Teams will square off on Feb. 15 at VU
By Bernie Schmitt
Quiz Bowl fans can celebrate. Especially if they know when the first Kentucky Derby was (1875) or at what temperature water boils (212 degree Fahrenheit).
The Vincennes Kiwanis Club, with sponsorship from The Original Company, will revive what was once called the “Cargill Literacy Quiz Bowl,” organized by the Knox County Public Library.
The 2020 Kiwanis Quiz Bowl will be on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Vincennes University’s Shircliff Auditorium. The event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
The Kiwanis Quiz Bowl will be a double-elimination tournament, allowing teams to play at least two rounds in the competition. Kiwanis Club member Mark Hill, chair of the newly-revived event, hopes that some of the same teams, as well as new ones, will participate.
Proceeds from the “new” Quiz Bowl will fund early childhood educational initiatives of the Kiwanis Club. Kiwanis is an international organization dedicated to change the world “one child and one community at a time.” The proceeds from all but one Vincennes Kiwanis Club fundraiser are given to local organizations that help children. A separate fundraiser, Kiwanis’ Dining Discount Booklets, raises money for Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.
There are four people per team, and each team can have an alternate. There will be 7-minute rounds, with questions from all branches of human knowledge. Hill said the Kiwanis Club is working with the Knox County Public Library in developing questions. The library also is allowing Kiwanis use of its quiz bowl timers for the event.
“The quiz bowl was always a great event for the community,” Hill said. “This was something fun for everyone.”
As in the past, questions will come from history, literature, science, fine arts, current events, popular culture, sports and more. Hill said Steve Smith, the former research librarian at the KCPL, is helping the Kiwanis Club by reviewing questions for the event. He had served as a judge in past quiz bowls. Some of the previous judges may be asked to participate, too.
“Anytime you can combine entertainment with a good cause, and have an academic stimulus, it’s good for everyone.”Mark Hill
Contestants on each team can only answer after they ring in and are recognized by the moderator. One important rule is that contestants must wait until the entire question read before buzzing in.
“That’s an important rule and allows everyone to hear the entire question,” Hill said.
Contestants must provide an answer within 10 seconds. If the contestant who buzzes in incorrectly answers the question, the opposing team gets the opportunity to answer. If this occurs, the opposing team can ask that the question be re-read, too. But conferring with team members is prohibited. There will be no bonus questions.
“The rules are pretty much the same as the previous Quiz Bowl,” Hill said. “The only difference is that we will have seven-minute rounds instead of 10, as we are doing double elimination and that will take a little longer.”
Past teams have included Rotary, Civitan, Kiwanis, Culture Club, the Drillers, Community United Methodist Church, VU Humanities Humdingers, Bibliophiles, and more. The Lincoln High School Teachers team won the final Cargill Literacy Quiz Bowl in 2018.
There will be a scheduled lunch break during Kiwanis Quiz Bowl. While light refreshments will be available, pizza will not be served at the 2020 event as in past years.
High school students who are members of the Vincennes Kiwanis Key Club will volunteer to help Kiwanis Club members during the event.
“We hope the players and teams we’ve had in the past come out and join us,” Hill said. “Anytime you can combine entertainment with a good cause, and have an academic stimulus, it’s good for everyone. If we can keep this tradition alive it will be great.”