On the afternoon of Friday, February 21, the Palm Beach Day Academy Halmos Activity Center turned into a Jeopardy gameshow with a live audience that provided near-deafening levels of spirit at the annual PBDA Knowledge Bowl.
For the second year in a row, the Pelicans were named champion of the Knowledge Bowl, a school tradition that pits the two competing teams against each other the day before Field Day. While Field Day proves which team is the most athletic, the Knowledge Bowl allows students to show off their academic and trivia skills.
The competition features two rounds: the first round with 5th and 6th grade contestants, and the second round with 7th through 9th grade contestants.
The Pelicans took an early lead with the 5th and 6th Grade team composed of Gigi Georgas, Destiny Herd and Omar Dehabra as they faced the Flamingos’ Carlisle Alexander, Gabby Kosoy and Sammy Pargiolas. The 7th through 9th Grade Pelicans, Mei Visconti, Ted Jemsten and Garvey Beall, maintained the lead they inherited and built on against the Flamingos’ Caroline Johnson, Bertie Azqueta and Kate Griffin. Serving as alternates were Flamingos’ Tristan Rhodenizer and Madisen Williams, and Pelicans’ Emery Ordway and Alexis Koch.
Once again, Fourth Grade teacher Jim Gramentine served as the “Alex Trebek” of the Bowl, while Spike the Bulldog served as this year’s “Vanna White.”
Faculty judges ensured contestants answered in the appropriate amount of time and provided the correct answer to each question. This year’s judges included Claudie Finney, Barbara Reyes, Andrew Crane, Jen Howard, Barbara Close, Erin Mitchell, Bryce Stewart and Richard Tummon.
The scorekeepers were Olympia Bishop and Wendy Bieneman. Tracy Kramm was the scoreboard technician. Technical Assistants were Grace Gunkel, Sue Chris, Patti Griffin and Paul Cicio.