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AHS Hi-Q team wins finals

The Arlington High School Hi-Q team wins this years finals.  Back row, from left, Chris Godsbee, Amye Ellsworth, Eric McElroy and faculty advisor Jane Joselow.  Front row, from left, Keith Bayer, Robert Peiffle, Katie Nowlin, faculty advisor Ben Mendro and Tyler Gjersee. -
The Arlington High School Hi-Q team wins this years finals. Back row, from left, Chris Godsbee, Amye Ellsworth, Eric McElroy and faculty advisor Jane Joselow. Front row, from left, Keith Bayer, Robert Peiffle, Katie Nowlin, faculty advisor Ben Mendro and Tyler Gjersee.
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MUKILTEO The Arlington High School Hi-Q team edged out their rivals from the Stanwood and Kamiak high schools, at this years Hi-Q championship at Kamiak High School March 21.
AHS Hi-Q Faculty Advisor Ben Mendro provided an after-the-fact play-by-play of the event.
It was exciting and nerve-wracking, Mendro said. It was different from the semifinals March 15, where we pulled out an early lead and maintained it. In the finals, we were down early on, to both Stanwood and Kamiak.
At one point during the first half, Stanwood and Kamiak were tied with 17 points each, while AHS was trailing with only 10 points. By the end of the first half, they were still trailing the other two teams, but AHSs 17 points were much closer to Kamiaks 19 points, even though Stanwood had increased its lead with a total of 25 points.
At the start of the second half, our first question was chemistry, which is typically not one of our strong suits, Mendro said. But we swept the category, since we were the only ones to answer our own question correctly, and we picked up bonus points by answering the other teams questions correctly.
From there, the competition entered into a near-dead heat, since AHS was only able to maintain a narrow lead over its rivals. By the time theyd reached the final two question categories, AHS had a four-point lead over Kamiak and a three-point lead over Stanwood.
The second-to-last question was world history and Kamiak answered their question correctly, tying with us, Mendro said. We really needed to get our question right, but as soon as it was asked, I was 98 percent confident that we would. We did it and maintained that four-point lead.
However, math was the final question category, and not only was it also a troublesome subject for his team, but it was also a toss-up meaning that only one team could score points in it.
We knew Kamiak was really good in math, so I thought itd be nice to be more than four points ahead of them going into it, Mendro said. When Stanwoods world history question came up, our team was able to answer it correctly, giving us a one-point cushion. As it turned out, though, nobody got the math question right anyway.
Mendro commended the Kamiak team for being gracious in defeat, especially since theyd lost on their home turf and touted the experience of Hi-Q.
Its very fun and rewarding, Mendro said. After all our hours of hard work, its very satisfying to see it pay off. Weve been champions three times in the past five years, and since Kamiak won the state Knowledge Bowl this year, that validates our victory over them in Hi-Q even more.
The final score was AHS 41, Kamiak 36, and Stanwood 33.

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