Bolivar homeschool team wins SBU high school history bowl

BOLIVAR, Mo. — For the first time in Southwest Baptist University History Bowl history, two homeschool teams competed, with one of the teams taking home the top prize in its division in the seventh annual event held Feb. 27 on the Bolivar campus.

The Bolivar Homeschool A team captured the small-school division by edging Springfield Catholic Team A, 74-72, after being tied going into the final round. Members of the winning team included: Jon Horn, Sarah Land, James Robinson, Isaac Robinson, Jack Nachtigal and Christine Huff. The Bolivar Homeschool B team, which finished fourth with 52 points, was led by Josh Horn, Joseph Robinson, Heather Huff, Abby Horn and Claire Forrester.

Rounding out the top five were: Weaubleau (third) 57 points and Stockton B (fifth) 49.

In the large-school division, Kickapoo Team A captured the top prize with 78 points, followed by Springfield Central B, 68; Kickapoo B, 52; Lebanon A, 48; Springfield Central A, 48; and Republic A, 39.

SBU hosted 23 teams from 13 schools, including Kickapoo, Lebanon, Reeds Spring, Republic and Springfield Central in the large-school division; and Bolivar Homeschool, Springfield Catholic, Fair Grove, Fair Play, Marion C. Early (Morrisville), Stockton, Walnut Grove and Weaubleau in the small-school division.

Teams had to answer 100 history questions divided into 10 categories, ranging from Ancient Near East and Egypt to Civil War Era American History.

The winning teams received a trophy and a $50 check from sponsor Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century, Captain Robert Napier Chapter in Springfield.