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Team Wyoming laughs after team Montana correctly guessed a Wyoming question that they had missed during the Montana-Wyoming Academic Challenge Thursday at Sheridan College.  The team is, from left, Michael Lawrence, of Riverside; Grant Holmstom, from Laramie and Sarah Maze, Tongue River High School.Team Wyoming laughs after team Montana correctly guessed a Wyoming question that they had missed during the Montana-Wyoming Academic Challenge Thursday at Sheridan College. The team is, from left, Michael Lawrence, of Riverside; Grant Holmstom, from Laramie and Sarah Maze, Tongue River High School.

Wyoming All-Stars win Academic Challenge

SHERIDAN — Paced by consistent play from the entire group, Team Wyoming led from start to finish as it won the third annual Montana-Wyoming All-Star Academic Challenge at Sheridan College Thursday.
The team outscored Montana by an average of eight points per round, steadily building its lead to secure a final score of 133-93.

“Montana won the first two years, so we really wanted to break through and win this year,” math director John Tate said in a media release. “The coaches just didn’t realize how big we’d break through. It was a dominating performance.”

The competition consisted of a team of six high school students from each state playing head-to-head attempting to answer five rounds of 60 questions each.

Questions covered a variety of academic subject areas.

Team Wyoming was comprised of Grant Holmstrom of Laramie High School; Micheal Lawrence of Riverside High School; Kari Batey and Phylicia Christoffersen of Cheyenne East and Sarah Maze and Owen Bensel of Tongue River High School.

The Wyoming squad was coached by Tim Maze of Tongue River and assisted by John Tate of Riverside.
The competition consisted of a team of six high school students from each state playing head-to-head attempting to answer five rounds of 60 questions each.

Team Wyoming was comprised of Grant Holmstrom of Laramie High School; Micheal Lawrence of Riverside High School; Kari Batey and Phylicia Christoffersen of Cheyenne East and Sarah Maze and Owen Bensel of Tongue River High School.

The Wyoming squad was coached by Tim Maze of Tongue River and assisted by John Tate of Riverside.
Team Montana was represented by Jonathon Skipper of Fergus County; Jesse Schaaf and Haydn Pettersen of Dawson County; Siriana Lundgren of Billings Skyview and Bill Glick and Samuel Noble of Park High School. Montana was coached by Rich McFate of Billings Skyview and Abby Kinsey of Park County High School.
Members of the winning Wyoming team received gold medals and tuition-free scholarships to Sheridan College in addition to the traveling trophy.

The 2014 All-Star competition is scheduled to be hosted in Billings.

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