Oakville High History Bowl team scores most points ever in competition

At the fifth annual Lindenwood University History Bowl at the school’s St. Charles campus, the four members of the Oakville Senior High School team collected more points in a single round of the competition than any team has earned in the competition’s history — enough for the scoreboard to flip back to zero.

Oakville High seniors Tim Cliffe, Brandon Daake and Michael Wiethop and sophomore Chris Dlugos represented OHS at the history competition, which utilized a quiz bowl format. Besides earning first place in the competition, each member of the OHS team received a four-year $6,000 scholarship to attend Lindenwood University.

“The professors who judged and moderated the history bowl were very impressed by our students’ breadth of content knowledge,” OHS teacher Rodney Gerdes, who coached the team along with OHS teachers Amy Merriott and Angelia Moore, stated in a district news release. “In both matches they scored, by far, more points than any team has in all five years of the Lindenwood University History Bowl.”

Lindenwood University student Kristena Wampler, who currently is performing her student teaching in the Social Studies Department at OHS, informed the staff and students about the annual history competition at the university.