SHERIDAN — The Big Horn history bowl team got over the hump earlier this month.
Brody Bard, Ben Warder and Andrew Schuster, three juniors at Big Horn High School, won the Montana State History Bowl regional title March 9. One year after finishing second at the event, they finished first making them eligible to compete in the National History Bowl in Washington D.C. in late April.
“They went on to beat much bigger schools,” said coach Shawn Ivie. “Big Horn is a really small school and as underclassmen they haven’t had government yet. They beat out other schools that had some good kids.”
Not every state hosts a state history bowl and outside of Montana, the nearest states that hosted one were Minnesota and Idaho. The trio from Big Horn finished the round-robin round with a perfect 5-0 record. They then bested Billings Central, Billings West and Frenchtown, Mont. to win the title. All three are among the biggest high schools in Montana.
“As a team we were pretty well balanced,” Warder said. “Other teams had a specialist and we had three all-around (competitors).”
The three all say they are history buffs and each match was divided into four quarters. The first round was a toss-up round in which the team that buzzed in first and answered question got 10 points. The second round was also a toss-up round with the possibility of 10 more points per question, if a bonus question is answered.
The third round features a lighting round with eight questions to be answered in one minute.
The final round is a quick round with more points given for the quicker it is answered.
“We just stuck with what we know and answer,” said Andrew …. “There were a few lucky guesses, but it was mostly knowledge.”
The team meets on Tuesdays to practice asking each other questions for an hour to an hour and a half. All three add that they enjoy reading histories as well.
This is the third year the team has competed in the regional title and now could compete in the best in the nation.
“It’s definitely a lot harder,” Bard said. “Big Horn is a fairly small school, there are a lot more schools there and a lot more competition.