Quiz Bowl

What is quiz bowl?

It’s basically like being on a trivia game show. “Quiz Bowl is a game in which two teams compete head-to-head to answer questions from all areas of knowledge, including history, literature, science, fine arts, current events and more.” (from National Academic Quiz Tournaments, LLC)

  • Hesston College’s first quiz bowl team will start in the fall of 2019.
  • Four people compete on a team at a time, but any number of individuals can be part of Hesston College Quiz Bowl – the more participants, the more teams are possible.
  • Hesston College Quiz Bowl will compete as part of the Kansas Collegiate Quiz Bowl, a consortium of two-year Kansas colleges.

Who can participate in quiz bowl?

Anyone who is interested! A good quiz bowl team is not made up of people who know everything, rather, it’s a collection of people who know handfuls of different subjects.

What kinds of questions are asked at a quiz bowl meet?

Anything that could be part of a two-year college curriculum could come through in quiz bowl questions. Hesston’s liberal arts curriculum will play well for this, and it’s also why having students from various disciplines is a benefit.

What is the time commitment?

Quiz bowl “season” starts with the beginning of the academic year in August, and depending on the team’s success, would wrap up as late as mid-April. Practices will be held twice a week for about an hour and a half.

  • The team will compete in six to seven meets a year with the possibility of qualifying for the state and/or national competition. Bonus: Winners of the state and national competitions receive a cash prize that is distributed equally among team members.
  • Because Hesston is centrally located in the state, overnight trips to meets will typically not be necessary.

What else is there to know about quiz bowl?

  • Chemistry professor Will Friesen is the Hesston College Quiz Bowl coach. He has a record of leading successful quiz bowl teams, including one that competed at nationals.
  • It’s low stress. There is a healthy competitiveness to it, but overall, it’s not cutthroat competition.
  • It’s a good way to meet people and build friendships – both on the team and from other colleges as well.

If you’re interested in learning more about quiz bowl or have questions, contact Will Friesen at william.friesen@hesston.edu.