Ojibwe language team captures second in Quiz BowlAt the fourth annual Ojibwe Language College Quiz Bowl held Saturday, April 3, at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, the outcome came down to the final question in the championship match.
At the fourth annual Ojibwe Language College Quiz Bowl held Saturday, April 3, at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, the outcome came down to the final question in the championship match. The close finish was a fitting end to a highly competitive day between the eight teams representing Minnesota colleges and universities.
Defending their title from last year was the University of Minnesota, who defeated the Makwag (“The Bears”) team from FDLTCC in the championship match. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College also finished second last year after previously winning two championships during the initial two years of the college competition.
After making it through the rounds to the championship match, teams representing the U of M and FDLTCC battled through the set of 15 questions until the final question was posed. The U of M team buzzed in first on the last toss-up question, answered correctly, and captured top honors once again.
Members of the runner-up team from FDLTCC were Sheila Fairbanks of Cloquet, Shawna Jones of Cloquet, James Martin of Cloquet and Glen Fairbanks of Duluth.
“This is the only competition of its kind in Minnesota, and it happens only once a year,” said Dan Jones, faculty at FDLTCC and moderator for the event. “There is no other competition like it for college teams. In addition to being a competitive and educational event for college students, it is a lot of fun for everyone involved.”
The event is self-supported by the participating schools.
The fourth annual Ojibwe Language College Quiz Bowl was a double-elimination tournament pitting four-person teams representing Minnesota colleges and universities against each other in a fast-paced and tension-filled competition. Typical questions covered Anishinaabe language definitions, pronunciation, and translation. Using touch pads and timing devices, the matches moved quickly throughout the day.
Teams competing this year represented the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, College of St. Scholastica, Bemidji State University, Augsburg College, and FDLTCC. Some schools entered more than one team to create the starting field of eight teams.
All Minnesota colleges and universities are invited each year to send teams to the competition.