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San Juan Lions successfully defend Knowledge Bowl crown

Top photo: Lisa Anderson of the San Juan Public Schools Foundation presents Superintendent Walt Wegener with a check representing the foundation
Top photo: Lisa Anderson of the San Juan Public Schools Foundation presents Superintendent Walt Wegener with a check representing the foundation's support this year. Middle photo: From left, eighth-graders Maddie Marinkovich, Kasey Rasmussen and Emma Brand pondering an answer. Bottom photo: the San Juan Lions Club team successfully defended their Knowledge Bowl crown. From left, Senor Howard Schonberger, Senor Bill Waxman, Senor John Bostrom and Senor John Bostrom.
— image credit: Scott Rasmussen

The San Juan Lions Club team defended their Knowledge Bowl crown Thursday at the San Juan Community Theatre.

It was a one-point victory that came down to the last question in the Jeopardy-format competition: "Port au Prince is located on which island in the Caribbean?"

The Lions finished first with 121 points, the 11th- and 12th-grade team placed second with 120. Rotarians were third with 100, Kiwanians were fourth with 96, the eighth-graders were fifth with 84. The Soroptimists bet big and finished with 38 (but they won first prize for best costumes).

The 17th annual Knowledge Bowl attracted a near-full house; it is sponsored by the San Juan Public Schools Foundation as a fund-raiser for public schools; tickets were $5 for adults, $3 for children. The Friday Harbor High School Jazz Band got the crowd warmed up before the festive competition began, and the Friday Harbor Middle School PTA sold bake-sale treats. There were several raffle items as well, including a trip for two on the Victoria Clipper.

The event was emceed by school board member Brent Snow.

For a detailed story and more photos, see the Feb. 10 Journal of the San Juan Islands.

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