On October 21 the 11th floor of the Houston Cole Library held some of JSU’s top students and teachers and tested their knowledge to see who could reign victorious in the JSU Honors Program’s annual Honors Bowl.
There were eight teams made up of both teachers and Honors students. The Honors Bowl is similar to Scholars Bowl competitions in that teams compete against each other by answering questions covering various topics such as biology, history and mathematics.
The event was made up of five rounds, with five questions each. Each question covered a different category.
After a question was asked, the teams would have two minutes to write down their answer. In addition to the answer, the teams would have to write down a point value of either five, 10, 15, 20, and 25 points, and each point value could be used only once.
Each team also had a “lifeline” available, in which one team could copy the answer from any other team.
After each round, teams were given a worksheet with multiple questions to fill out in a limited amount of time.
At the end of the five rounds, the top four teams moved on to the finals.
Unlike the previous rounds, the final rounds consisted of team members using buzzers to answer the questions first, as well as more worksheets.
The finals consisted of two teams: The Minecrafters, and Jenny and the Bets.
Jenny and the Bets emerged victorious. Dr. George Cline, one of the team members of Jenny and the Bets, was quite pleased with winning. “It’s fun! It’s always fun,” said Cline.
According to Honors Program Coordinator Janet Whitmore, the Honors Program is headed up by the Elite Honors Scholars.
The Elite Honors Scholars are students that have been awarded the Elite Honors Scholarship, which is the highest scholarship possible at JSU. “This event tonight was to bring the entire Honors Program in with the Elite Honors Scholars… We are trying to do more activities to bring them all together.”
No prizes were awarded. Instead, the teams compete for the sake of competition.
For membership in the Honors Program, students must have above average ACT scores, maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 and be currently taking honors classes.