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Collegiate High First in Florida Knowledge Masters
The varsity academic team from the Collegiate High School at Okaloosa-Walton College placed first in Florida in the Knowledge Masters Open in the team's very first attempt at the competition. The team competed via computer in this international contest and scored 1,619 of a possible 2,000 points on questions testing their knowledge in subjects such as Fine Arts, Word Geography, Math, Sciences and recent events.
Collegiate High School State Championship Team Left to Right: Hannah Fay, Brittany Theis, Steven Pepper, De Cook - coach, John Rogers, Griffin Bogart, Yahya Mohammed. Not Shown: Zach Gershkoff and Trey Atkins.
There were a total of 44 high school teams in Florida who competed. From among the 881 teams who competed from across the nation and internationally, the OWCHS team placed 44th internationally. Team members include: Trey Atkins of Baker, Griffin Bogart of DeFuniak Springs, Hannah Fay of Mary Esther, Zach Gershkoff of DeFuniak Springs, Yahya Mohammed of Niceville, Steven Pepper of Paxton, John Rogers of Valparaiso and Brittney Theis of Shalimar.
A second team from the school, comprised mostly of 10th grade students, competed in the same field and were ranked 28th in the state. This is also a significant accomplishment as the Collegiate High School was the only school in Florida to field a second team in the competition.
The second team members include Brett Bishop, Michael Jenzen, JR Johnson, and Josh Moore all of Fort Walton Beach; Katherine Farrell, Rebecca Moore and Jennifer Van Dyke all of Niceville; Rebecca Hammock of Laurel Hill, Emily Hooper of Destin, Montana Snow of Baker.