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Knowledge Master Open Fall 2007

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 7:14 pm
by Golran
How did people do at the KMO this year? What did you all think of the difficulty? Harder than last year, easier? Our school got in the mid 1500s.

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 7:22 pm
by ieppler
The KMO due date isn't until December 5th. If most schools are disorganized like mine, they won't do it until then.

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 3:22 pm
by quizbowllee
Brindlee Mountain sucks at KMO:

Score: 1411

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:11 pm
by rchschem
Worst. Score. Ever.

1591 for Raleigh Charter.

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 6:00 pm
by Diet Chuck
Hopper wrote:The KMO due date isn't until December 5th. If most schools are disorganized like mine, they won't do it until then.
We're so disorganized we won't be doing it until Spring because we forgot to register. wow

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 6:54 pm
by pretzeldude92
Rapp Co. High School in Virginia: 1414. 380 kids in the school 8-12. Extremely rural. Yay.

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 7:17 pm
by Youse Da Force
1476 for Garfield. I think they were harder than last year, and that a few were either misleading or wrong. Grammer sucks.

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 7:56 pm
by vcuEvan
I hope at least the healthy number of glacier and wild wild west questions were preserved.

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 8:59 pm
by Mitu
Wayzata got around 1653.

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 9:43 pm
by jrbarry
Thank God my team has not participated in that competition for many years.

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 10:02 pm
by quizbowllee
jrbarry wrote:Thank God my team has not participated in that competition for many years.
We get virtually a whole day out to do it. I have a middle school team, a 9th grade team, and a varsity team that takes it. So, I basically get a day off... I can stomach a crappy computer trivia game for a day off.

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 11:06 pm
by powerplant
Having played, I believe it to have been an utter waste of time. Questions that are terrible, and the puns were aukful. Things like clicking the wrong answer because someone was misheard, and other such things made it relatively lame. Also, I don't like grammar to come up. So, yeah, I didn't like it much.

EDIT: I also thought it was harder than last year.

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 12:18 am
by BuzzerZen
So, how did the inevitable glacier-related question go?

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 12:43 am
by AndyShootsAndyScores
BuzzerZen wrote:So, how did the inevitable glacier-related question go?
Not well for us.

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 8:06 am
by rchschem
BuzzerZen wrote:So, how did the inevitable glacier-related question go?
It was really more of a language question than glaciology (at least the one I'm thinking of). A bit of a let-down, actually.

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 12:23 pm
by jbarnes112358
Maggie Walker (high school team) 1743

Maggie Walker 9th grade (jr. high team) 1733

I did not notice a major change in difficulty from last year for the high school contest. If anything maybe it was a bit easier. This was the first time we entered a 9th grade team.

To the detractors, KMO is not quizbowl. But, it an interesting competition requiring knowledge, quick thinking, and especially teamwork. Sure, some of the answers are strange. But, they mostly involve legitimate academic knowledge, though not necessarily canonical quizbowl knowledge. It is not just fact-based, as the team sometimes must deduce the correct answer using logic applied to incomplete knowledge (i.e., educated guessing)

We do it because it is cheap, requires no travel, and can often be a way to recruit students into our club. We can certainly get a feel for who knows stuff, what kind of stuff they know, and how willing and confident they are in sharing what they know.

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 1:32 pm
by vcuEvan
Dr. Barnes wrote: We do it because it is cheap, requires no travel, and can often be a way to recruit students into our club.
I think these reasons are all legitimate, as much as I disliked KMO. However I never understood why Maggie Walker did it in the fall, because we invariably were forced to do it during the week before the GSAC. I can't really understand why we kept it up even when so much necessary work had yet to be done.

Last year a few of us suggested leaving it on in the background while we wrote/edited questions to no avail.

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 1:54 pm
by jbarnes112358
Adamantium Claws wrote: I can't really understand why we kept it up even when so much necessary work had yet to be done.
Yet one more reason why it was bad to procrastinate all the question writing/editing. If the necessary work had been done when it should have been done then this would not be an issue.

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 8:17 pm
by jbarnes112358
High School Results (unofficial)

1. 1745 Bergen County Academies (NJ)
2. 1743 Maggie Walker Governor's School (Richmond, VA)
11. 1659 Collegiate School (Richmond, VA)

Junior High Division

1. 1733 Maggie Walker Governor's School (9th grade)

That's all I got over the phone. Full results posted by tomorrow morning.

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 8:30 pm
by vcuEvan
jbarnes112358 wrote:High School Results (unofficial)

1. 1745 Bergen County Academies (NJ)
2. 1743 Maggie Walker Governor's School (Richmond, VA)
11. 1659 Collegiate School (Richmond, VA)

Junior High Division

1. 1733 Maggie Walker Governor's School (9th grade)

That's all I got over the phone. Full results posted by tomorrow morning.
Ouch 2 points off. Still I'm pretty sure that's MW's best showing yet so good work. :cry: Congrats to the freshmen on their good work too.

Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2007 11:21 pm
by swwFCqb
Can the full results be found on-line anywhere?

Edit: Yeah, thanks, I found it

Also, to make it easier, it can be found directly here

Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2007 11:27 pm
by jbarnes112358
swwFCqb wrote:Can the full results be found on-line anywhere?
http://www.greatauk.com Follow the links.