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GSMS students a brainy bunch

Post Independent Writer

Some quick-thinking middle school students may be able to teach you a thing or two. Some quick-thinking middle school students may be able to teach you a thing or two. For example: On which continent in the late 18th century were the Viceroyalty of New Granada, the Viceroyalty of New Castillia, and the Viceroyalty of La Plata?The answer is South America. If it took you more than 15 seconds to answer, you’d have surely been beaten out by a couple of middle schoolers at last month’s Middle School Brain Bowl Tournament, at Colorado Mountain College’s Lappala Center in Carbondale.The Brain Bowl is an annual competition for sixth- through eighth-grade students that tests the knowledge of five-person teams on a wide variety of subjects, from history and math to science and literature.This year, students from Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, Eagle, Glenwood Springs, Gypsum, New Castle and Rifle competed to answer four rounds of 40 questions each.Kids had to think fast, listening to the question before pressing a buzzer as quickly as possible. If the kids answered a question incorrectly another student got a chance. “It was an exciting day of high-level, high-intensity, critical thinking,” said GSMS teacher Megan Dean, who helped to organize the event. Parents, retired teachers and community volunteers worked “incredibly hard” to supervise the competition, which had about 200 participants, said Dean. Nine teams competed at each grade level. And because some schools brought two or three teams while others brought only one, teams from the same school sometimes found themselves competing head-to-head. Two seventh-grade teams from Glenwood Springs Middle School, for instance, faced off along with Basalt in the final round. Glenwood’s team A edged its team B by a slim 3-point margin.The top teams were:Eighth grade: first place, Aspen Middle School; second place, Basalt Middle School; third place, Glenwood Springs Middle SchoolSeventh grade: first place, Glenwood Springs Middle School; second place, Glenwood Springs Middle School; third place, Basalt Middle SchoolSixth grade: first place, Glenwood Springs Middle School; second place, Glenwood Springs Middle School; third place, Glenwood Springs Middle School.Sixth grade: first place, Glenwood Springs Middle School; second place, Glenwood Springs Middle School; third place, Glenwood Springs Middle School.


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