Selah High Knowledge Bowl team

A team of Selah High School students has advanced to the Washington State Knowledge Bowl, to be held in March in Arlington. Pictured are, from left, coach Dave Dwyer, team members Scott Willey, Bryan Neill, Shane Isom, Lilly Kikendall and Maggie Ballew, and coach Matt Brown. (Courtesy Photo)

YAKIMA, Wash. – A team from Selah High School will be going on to the Washington State Knowledge Bowl next month.

It will be Selah’s fourth straight year at the state tournament. Selah’s six-member team came in second during regional competition for 2A and 2B schools at Ellensburg Wednesday, earning a berth in the state tournament scheduled for March 18 at Arlington High School.

Ellensburg came in first, with 133 points to Selah’s 55.

Knowledge Bowl competitions start with a written round in which the team works together to solve 60 multiple-choice problems on a variety of academic topics. From there, the teams go into 45-question oral rounds against one or two schools on subjects that include math, science, history and language arts.

The Selah Team members are Scott Willey, Bryan Neill, Shane Isom, Lilly Kikendall, Maggie Ballew and Anna Swedin. Dave Dwyer and Matt Brown coach the academic team.

Knoweldge Bowl regional finals for 1A and 4A schools will be at 3 p.m.  Feb. 22 at West Valley High School, where teams from A.C. Davis, Eisenhower, Sunnyside, West Valley Zillah, Highland and Cle Elum-Roslyn  high schools will compete.

Riverside Christian High School will compete in a state qualifier against schools in the Pasco area on Feb. 27 at Waitsburg High School.