Onekama Quiz Bowl team advances in Central Michigan University Quiz Central competition

The Onekama Consolidated Schools Quiz Bowl team advanced to the final round of the Central Michigan University gold divsion. Team members are left to right Alex Barto, Spencer Petrosky, Emily Barnard and Claire Harvey. In the back is coach Kathy Joseph. (Courtesy photo)

MT. PLEASANT — Coach Kathy Joseph’s Onekama Portager Quiz Bowl team took a step closer to the Gold Division finals of the Central Michigan University Quiz Central competition with an impressive 340-50 win over Mackinaw City.

Onekama is the last remaining Manistee County team still in the competition at Quiz Central. This year the Portagers, Bear Lake, and Brethren high schools were the only three local teams to take part in this event. By competing in the tournament, it could win the students scholarships to Central Michigan University.

Joseph said her team has done an exceptional job up to this point in the tournament. The Onekama squad, which consists of Emily Barnard, Claire Harvey, Alex Barto and Spencer Petrosky, rolled over Ashley 320-60 in their opening round match.

“The format we went through was two matches are played in the morning and the winners square off in the afternoon,” said Joseph. “All four members of our team contributed to the win.”

A total of 48 teams were entered in the tournament this year and divided up based on enrollment. Onekama was in a division with Ashley, Mackinaw City, Ellsworth, Bear Lake, Northern Michigan, Cedarville, Pentwater, Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart, North Central Academy, Carsonville-Port Saniliac and Gaylord St. Mary.”

The only teams remaining in the Gold Division besides Onekama are Pentwater and North Central Academy.

“We will return to Central Michigan University on March 11, as we were supposed to go on Feb. 27, but it got canceled because of bad weather,” said Joseph. The semifinals will be played that morning and the finals are in the afternoon. We earned a bye because we earned more total points in our first two matches than Pentwater or North Central Academy. It should be an exciting match.”

That match is expected to air on April 17 on WCMU, which is Channel 6 on Cable or Channel 21 in Manistee.

Each division champion will be awarded four $2,500 one-year scholarships to Central Michigan University. This season, Quiz Central is offering four textbook scholarships to seniors planning to attend Central Michigan University. The textbook scholarships are provided by the CMU Bookstore.

Bear Lake bowed out of the tournament after losing 190-110 in their opening round match to Northern Michigan Christian. Team members of coach Lavon Jonson that competed in that match were Alex Dutton, Samantha Mullet, Miranda Hengy, and Josh Ide, Emileigh Ferguson, Seth Harrington and Katelyn Adams.

The Brethren Bobcats opened their first round play with a 160-150 double overtime win over St. Ignace. Coach Julie Riggs’ team then moved on to the second round and were defeated 200-100 by Meridan. Brethren team members included Joe Riggs, Colton Podbilski, Alex Marsh, Lucas Richardson, Kellie Johnson, Sarah Costello, Moriah Miltgen, Jessica Cordes, Josie Hicks and Jordan Cook.

Brethren competed in the Blue Division with Meridan, East Jordan, Mio, St. Louis, Carson City/Crystal, Vestaburg, St. Ignace, East Jordan, White Cloud, Onaway, Mio, Coleman, St. Louis and Charlevoix


Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at

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