Kalamazoo (Mich.) Christian High School won the state championship in two different academic competitions this year.
The Quiz Bowl team won in its division for the second year in a row. In Quiz Bowl, four members of each team answer rapid-fire academic questions from a moderator.
Coach Al Nieboer heard from another coach that the Kalamazoo Christian team was the “class act” of the tournament, that “they modeled the Christian faith impeccably.”
The school’s Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) team placed first in the state and also went on to place third nationally. That competition focused on the engineering that goes into theme park design and construction.
Competitors need excellent problem-solving skills and good knowledge of math and science. Student Connor DeWitt said, “You have to learn leadership skills, and you also have to learn to trust other people’s instincts.”