Craik team wins third place overall in SMECO Knowledge Bowl

Craik team wins third place overall in SMECO Knowledge Bowl

The Mighty Tigers team from Dr. James Craik Elementary School was the third-place overall winner out of 30 competing teams at the tri-county level in the 2013 Southern Maryland Elementary School Knowledge Bowl held Jan. 15. The team also placed first among 17 Charles County teams that competed in the event, which is sponsored by the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO).

In the event, teams are given 90 minutes to answer 75 knowledge-based questions that cover a variety of subjects, including mathematics, history, science and current events. The questions are uploaded to SMECO’s website for teams to solve, and scores are reported electronically.

Members of the Mighty Tigers team include Craik fourth graders Keira Davis, Param Jhala, Hannah Krauel, and Lawrence Sky Pemberton, and fifth graders Jordan Ball, Lorraine Hughes and John Lusk. Fifth grader Drew Deeds is the team captain and the coaches are Ellen Carlsen, gifted education resource teacher at Craik, and Kathy Doyle, Craik’s media instructional assistant.

Sixteen teams from Charles County public elementary schools participated in the event against two teams from Calvert County Public Schools and 11 teams from St. Mary’s County Public Schools. A team from St. Mary’s Bryantown also participated.

Earning fifth-place overall was the Mustangs team from Malcolm Elementary School. The Mustangs team also placed second among Charles County teams. Members of the Mustangs team are Malcolm fourth graders Tananda Haulley, Amir Moore, and Larissa Simonds, and fifth graders Kylie Bell and Matthew Markley. The team coach is Dana Moyer, gifted education resource teacher at Malcolm.

Teams from several other Charles County public elementary schools competed in the event, including C. Paul Barnhart, Berry, Dr. Thomas L. Higdon, T.C. Martin, Arthur Middleton, Walter J. Mitchell, J.C. Parks and William B. Wade elementary schools.

Each year, student teams in the tri-county area compete in the event in January. SMECO also sponsors a regional Knowledge Bowl at the high-school level. For more information, visit

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Connie W. Armstead, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, central office building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646. 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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