Scholastic Bowl Commences at Genesee Community College

Twelve Area High Schools to Participate

The area’s best and brightest will shine again this year at the 19th annual Scholastic Bowl at Genesee Community College. The 6-week tournament begins January 10, 2007, with competitions each Wednesday and Thursday evening through February 28, 2007, which is the final round and award ceremony. The fast-paced, highly competitive round robin matches occur between students from twelve participating high schools. Sponsorship is led by Genesee Valley BOCES, with assistance from Batavia Pepsi Cola Bottling and the Batavia Daily News, as well as GCC.
“These students display academic excellence, a competitive fire and the desire to be intellectually quick as well as accurate,” said Bob Knipe, the College’s Dean of Learning Technologies.
This year, teams will participate from area high schools in Akron, Alden, Alexander, Attica, Batavia, Byron-Bergen, Elba, LeRoy, Notre Dame of Batavia, Oakfield-Alabama, Pavilion, and Pembroke. “The Scholastic Bowl is exciting, fun and a great educational opportunity,” said Kathe Hartnett of Genesee Valley BOCES, who serves as Scholastic Bowl Coordinator. “I’ve witnessed many students come in as freshmen and it’s wonderful to see them grow as they continue and become increasingly competitive as they move through high school.”
Hartnett is chairperson of the Enrichment Department at BOCES, and shares her Scholastic Bowl duties with other BOCES appointees Jonathan and Kathy Colby, co-supervisors, and Terry Fritts, who has been the show’s moderator for 17 of its 19 years.
Genesee Community College plays an essential role in the program’s production. The college provides studio facilities, staff, equipment, technical and logistic support for production, under the supervision of Barry Chow, director of Learning Technology Services. GCC faculty serve as judges. Genesee students enrolled in Communications and Media Arts earn valuable experience – and a paycheck – as camera operators and video production assistants.
The year the volunteer judges include: Rafael Alicea-Maldonado, Associate Professor of Chemistry; Kathleen Hankel, Director, Nursing; Tom Klotzbach, Telecommunications Manager, Computer Services; Bob Knipe, Dean, Learning Technologies; Claudia Moore, Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs; John Potera, Academic Consultant, Computer Services; Mary Jane Shonn, Grants Services Specialist; Jane Weston, Associate Professor, Biology; Annette Zuber, Technical Specialist Assessment & Institutional Research.
All in all, it’s a team effort – school districts, BOCES, the community and Genesee Community College – that keeps Scholastic Bowl in the public eye. Each show is cablecast televised on Time-Warner Cable 15, the educational access channel, within a week of the actual competition. For times and team standings, see
Ultimately, it’s the students, many of whom have aspirations of becoming lawyers or engineers, who are the winners, regardless of the score.