Elementary students compete at Prep Bowl

LORDSTOWN — Several elementary students competing in this season’s first Prep Bowl competition say the “alphabet round” is their favorite. All the answers in that round begin with the same letter.

More than 20 teams of students in fifth and sixth grade took part Saturday at the competition held at Lordstown High School. The winning team was Howland Middle School having defeated Howland Intermediate School and other school teams.

Brice Harris, science supervisor and event moderator, said this was the first Prep Bowl hosted by the Trumbull County Educational Service Center. The next event will be for seventh- and eighth-graders Feb. 22, and high school students will compete March 14, both at Lordstown High School.

Harris said the competition involves teams of four answering an array of questions from history, literature, social studies, fine arts, math and pop culture.

“The students get to show their knowledge in all subject areas. The students like the format of getting to work in teams, and discussing and collaborating on their answers at times,” he said.

The local Prep Bowl has been held for more than 30 years.

Brady Morrone, 11, a Howland fifth-grader, said he likes random trivia questions and studies by looking at trivia sites.

Mason Sylvester, 10, a Howland fifth-grader, said, “It is really fun. It is not all about winning or losing, but learning. Some questions are easy and some are harder.”

He said his team spends an hour after school three days per week preparing for the competition. Sylvester said he likes the lightning round.

Howland fifth-grader Mya Duvick, 10, said this is the first year the fifth-graders are taking part.

“I play a lot of trivia games at my home, which helps prepare me,” she said.

Brady Snelson, 11, Howland-fifth grader, said it is hard to compete against other Howland students he knows, which is what happened when the middle school team and intermediate school team were playing against each other.