LDS high school students help bring home Knowledge Bowl state title

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Mark Crossen (left) and Zander White were part of a Knowledge Bowl team at Central Valley High School that won the Washington state 4A championship in March. The competition consists of questions in a variety of fields, including math, literature, science, geology and more. Photo by Craig Howard.
Mark Crossen (left) and Zander White were part of a Knowledge Bowl team at Central Valley High School that won the Washington state 4A championship in March. The competition consists of questions in a variety of fields, including math, literature, science, geology and more. Photo by Craig Howard.

The Latter-day Sentinel featured two stand-out high school students this week.

Zander White and Mark Crossen are part of the varsity Knowledge Bowl team at Central Valley High School and helped bring home the 4A Washington state championships in March. The title was the first of its kind in school history.

The Sentinel reported that White, a member of the Belle Terre Ward in the Spokane East Stake, said winning the state crown represented a symbolic victory for CVHS.

“For me it's all about bringing honor to my school,” he said in the article. “People are taking notice of CV's athletic achievements at the regional and state levels and it certainly makes a statement about our academics as well to show that CV, an Eastside school, can compete with the Westside schools' brightest, children of university professors and Microsoft executives, and win.”

For Crossen, a member of the Sullivan Ward in the Spokane Valley Stake, the historic victory was rewarding but paled in comparison to the philosophy discussions on bus trips and table tennis competitions after each tournament.

Read the full article here.

About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Journalism Instructor at Washington State University.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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