Xavier Students take first place in statewide Knowledge Master Open

A team at Xavier High School competed with tens of thousands of students in the United States and several foreign lands in the Knowledge Master Open academic competition on December 4, 2012.

More than 3,000 middle school, junior high and high school teams faced their computers to answer 200 challenging questions in the event, earning points for the speed and accuracy of their answers.

The 28 students on the Xavier team scored 1,424 of 2,000 possible points to place first in the state and 83rd overall in a field of 950 high schools in the contest.

Academic coach Matt Farrell described the event as "Serious fun... students practiced hard for this event, and it paid off. We've finished second in the state two years in a row, so it was great to break through and get first."

Student captains and key contributors on the Xavier team were: Noah Hagen, Grace Busse and Josh Steffensmeier.

Designed to stimulate learning and recognition for academic achievement, the Knowledge Master Open runs on classroom computers to allow all students the opportunity to compete in a large academic event without the expense of traveling to a central site. The competition is presented twice each school year by Academic Hallmarks, a Colorado software publisher.

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