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Faculty Falls to Students in Friendly Scholar Bowl Competition

Student Faculty Scholar Bowl Competition

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Priory’s Scholar Bowl team challenged Dr. Andrew Davis (the faculty moderator) and his peers to a competition with subject matter in multiple academic disciplines, including science, mathematics, social studies, communication arts, fine/performing arts, and miscellaneous. The school was abuzz with expectation, and Dr. Rashford was recruited to serve as the questioner. Students and faculty alike packed into room 410 in the Science Wing the morning of Tuesday, March 21 to face off, and to enjoy the competition.

Scholar Bowl is a trivia-type game with questions on a variety of subjects. Each team of four has buzzers they can hit to signal they have an answer. The questioner does not need to finish reading the question before a player can buzz, although sometimes hearing the end is vital to providing the right answer. Mrs. Reichle, the former Scholar Bowl faculty moderator, kept score for most of the game, taking a break to participate on the faculty team while Dr. Kalhorn took over at the white board.

The competition was fast-paced and lively, and the students quickly pulled ahead. Each round consisted of a Toss Up Question, in which anyone from either team can attempt to answer. Whichever team wins the toss up is then given the opportunity to answer Bonus Questions. If the team is unable to answer a bonus question, their opponents are given the chance. The students took the lead from the very beginning, leaving the faculty team trying to catch up throughout the event. At several points during the game, the teams were shaken up with new members rotating in. The changes weren’t enough for the faculty team, which ended up losing to the students by a final score of 280-300. Several faculty members were heard grumbling that clearly they had taught their students too well.

Here is a sample of some of the Scholar Bowl questions. How many would you be able to answer before a talented team of Priory students?

  1. Probability’s Markov chains have a “transition” one of these. Their characteristic polynomial can be used to fine eigenvalues. They are symmetric if element ij equals ji, that is, if they equal their own transpose.
  2. One of these film characters owns “royal flush” plumbing and another is the plus-size Vogue editor. These characters kidnap Jack Black for a telethon to save their theater.
  3. The Druk, one of these creatures linked to thunder, appears on the flag of Bhutan. Yingling is a rain one in Chinese myth.
  4. The Windward and Mona Passages link the Atlantic Ocean to this sea. It is bounded by the north and east by the Greater Antilles and Lesser Antilles, respectively.
  5. This arid region bordering the Hexi Corridor, the Altai Mountains, and the Yellow River is expanding by over 1,000 square miles per year. The Nemegt Basin fossil fields are in what desert that covers half a million square miles in northwestern China and southern Mongolia?
  6. The electronics company Phillips and the oil company Shell are based in this country, which in 2011 began attempts to end drug tourism by limiting access to marijuana cafes to citizens.
  7. One work by Max Weber correlates the “Protestant ethic” with the “spirit” of this system. Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations sets out a theory of this system, whose industrial form replaced feudalism, according to Karl Marx.
  8. The protagonist of this novel is given two silver candlesticks by a kindly bishop. Near its end, a police inspector commits suicide and Marius and Cosette are married. A French word meaning “The Wretched.”
  9. Connected in parallel, resistors of 6 and 12 ohms are equivalent to one resistor of this many ohms. It’s the number of atoms in a methyl group, the atomic number of beryllium, and the number of chambers in the human heart.
  10. The author wrote a story about a man who hears a murder victim’s heart beating under the floor. He wrote a poem about a girl who lived in a “kingdom by the sea,” and a poem in which a bird croaks “Nevermore.”


  1. Matrix or Matrices
  2. The Muppets
  3. Dragon(s)
  4. Caribbean Sea
  5. Gobi Dessert
  6. The Netherlands
  7. Capitalism
  8. Les Miserables
  9. Four
  10. Edgar Allan Poe

“Listen carefully, my son, to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.”

Prologue, 1

“This is advice from a father who loves you; welcome it, and faithfully put it into practice.”

Prologue, 1

“First of all, every time you begin a good work, you must pray to him most earnestly to bring it to perfection.”

Prologue, 4

“If you desire true and eternal life, keep your tongue free from vicious talk and your lips from all deceit; turn away from evil and do good; let peace be your quest and aim. (Ps 33[34]:13)”

Prologue, 17

“Clothed then with faith and the performance of good works, let us set out on this way, with the Gospel for our guide, that we may deserve to see him who has called us to his kingdom (1 Thess 2:12).”

Prologue, 21

“If we wish to dwell in the tent of this kingdom, we will never arrive unless we run there by doing good deeds.”

Prologue, 22

“What is not possible to us by nature, let us ask the Lord to supply by the help of his grace.”

Prologue, 41

“Therefore, we intend to establish a school for the Lord’s service.”

Prologue, 45

“The good of all concerned, however, may prompt us to a little strictness in order to amend faults and to safeguard love.”

Prologue, 47

“The reason why we have said all should be called for counsel is that the Lord often reveals what is better to the younger.”

Chapter 3, 3

“Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ must come before all else.”

Chapter 4, 20-21

“Never give a hollow greeting of peace or turn away when someone needs your love.” –Chapter 4, 25-26

“Bind yourself to no oath lest it prove false, but speak the truth with heart and tongue.”

Chapter 4, 27-28

“Place your hope in God alone.”

Chapter 4, 41

“Respect the elders and love the young.”

Chapter 4, 70-71

“Pray for your enemies out of love for Christ. “

Chapter 4, 72

“If you have a dispute with someone, make peace with him before the sun goes down.”

Chapter 4, 73

“The first step of humility is unhesitating obedience, which comes naturally to those who cherish Christ above all.”

Chapter 5, 1-2

“Speaking and teaching are the master’s task; the disciple is to be silent and listen.”

Chapter 6, 6

“The first step of humility, then, is that a man keeps the fear of God always before his eyes (PS 35[36]:2) and never forgets it.”

Chapter 7, 10

“Let us consider, then, how we ought to behave in the presence of God and his angels, and let us stand to sing the psalms in such a way that our minds are in harmony with our voices.”

Chapter 19, 6-7

“On arising for the Work of God, they will quietly encourage each other, for the sleepy like to make excuses.”

Chapter 22, 8

“Every age and level of understanding should receive appropriate treatment.”

Chapter 30, 1

“Above all, let him be humble. If goods are not available to meet a request, he will offer a kind word in reply, for it is written: A kind word is better than the best gift (Sir 18:17).”

Chapter 31, 13-14

“Let all the rest serve one another in love.”

Chapter 35, 6

“Indeed, nothing is to be preferred to the Work of God.”

Chapter 43, 3

“Idleness is the enemy of the soul. Therefore, the brothers should have specified periods for manual labor as well as for prayerful reading.”

Chapter 48, 1

“The life of a monk ought to be a continuous Lent.”

Chapter 49, 1

“All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matt 25:35).”

Chapter 53, 1

“Proper honor must be shown to all, especially to those who share our faith (Gal 6:10) and to pilgrims.”

Chapter 53, 2

“(B)ecause wherever we may be, we are in the service of the same Lord and doing battle for the same King.”

Chapter 61, 10

They should each try to be the first to show respect to the other (Rom 12:10).”

Chapter 63, 17

“We wish this rule to be read often in the community, so that none of the brothers can offer the excuse of ignorance.”

Chapter 66, 8

“Trusting in God’s help, he must in love obey.”

Chapter 68, 5

Never to do another what you do not want done to yourself (Tob 4:16).”

Chapter 70, 7

“No one is to pursue what he judges better for himself, but instead, what he judges better for someone else.”

Chapter 72, 7

“Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may he bring us all together to everlasting life.”

Chapter 72, 11-12

“What page, what passage of the inspired books of the Old and New Testaments is not the truest of guides for human life?”

Chapter 73, 3

“What book of the holy catholic Fathers does not resoundingly summon us along the true way to reach the Creator?”

Chapter 73, 4


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