Wilmot HS wins UW-Parkside Geography Bowl XXV
Question: What countries border the Sea of Japan?
This was the kind of question students from seven area high schools faced for much of the morning and early afternoon on the Friday before Memorial Day. In the end, two teams from Wilmot Union High School competed for the 10th grade crown and another team from Wilmot and one from Union Grove High School faced off for the 11th grade championship. These teams advanced by being able to name the capital of Hungary (Budapest), the country where Auckland could be found on the map (New Zealand), and many similar questions.
Coached by Don Serkowski, the team of Neil Driscoll, Caitlin Griffin, Arie Deeter, and Carter Dybing narrowly defeated the Union Grove crew of Christian Ryan, Logan Essers, Hailey Klug, and Connor LaPointe to earn the 11th grade championship. The Broncos' crew was coached by Amy Buchanan. The two 10th grade teams were also coached by Serkowski and featured Faith Graf, Ashley Kammer, Lauren McCluskey, Justine Schwarz, Johnny Weber, Jake Wix, and Sarah Zerr.
Along with Wilmot and Union Grove, teams from Kenosha Central, Racine's Park, Horlick, and Case high schools and the Prairie School participated.
UW-Parkside Geography Professors Kenny French, Joy Wolf, and Rich Walasek peppered the 18 participating teams with global brain stumpers. And they had plenty of able assistants.
"Geography majors, graduates, and members of the Kiwanis Club of West Racine did a great job as volunteers in conducting Geography Bowl," Walasek said.
The three Wilmot teams and the Union Grove squad took home Geography Bowl XXV trophies, ribbons, and other prizes. And everyone went home with a better grasp of their global village, including the countries bordering the Sea of Japan: Japan, Russia, South Korea, and North Korea.
Top photo: Wilmot, left, and Union Grove battle for the 11th Grade Geography Bowl title.Bottom photo: Wilmot's championship 11th grade team of, from left, Neil Driscoll, Caitlin Griffin, Arie Deeter, and Carter Dybing pose with their trophy and Geography Bowl officials Kenny French, Joy Wolf, and Rich Walasek.