The Collegiate Quiz Bowl — formerly known as Academic Excellence Challenge — team at Cowley College was host Dec. 2 to the Snow Bowl at the college’s main campus in Arkansas City.

Cowley College Collegiate Quiz Bowl

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A total of seven schools and 12 teams took part in the Snow Bowl, which was won by Johnson County (8-0). Coffeyville placed second with a record of 7-1.

“The day was successful in that we represented Cowley College well, even if we did not get the top team awards,” said Collegiate Quiz Bowl (CQB) coach Dianne Flickinger.

Aimee Schwintz, 10th place; Matthew Sinnett, 11th place; and Kamdon Fuqua, 15th place, were the top three individuals on Cowley’s A and B teams for the day.

“Kamdon showed the greatest improvement at this tournament,” Flickinger said.

“He was placed on the B team because he did not make the top four players based on our scrimmage in Neosho on Oct. 14, but he continues to improve. I had asked Cowley President Dennis Rittle to visit our practice in November to talk about the dynamics of teamwork.

“Kamdon took the information to heart and decided he had more to offer the team than what he had been given. It was his goal to do better than his friend, Matthew Sinnett. Kamdon was ahead of Matthew in round seven, but Matthew had a good eighth round. There is plenty of friendship, competition and camaraderie within our own teams.”

Samantha Myatt, competing for the Cowley B team, also did well and placed 31st out of 55 competitors.

“Samantha has spent extra time studying poetry, which paid off for her as she showed improvement in her individual score,” Flickinger said.

Other Cowley students competing in the Snow Bowl were Will Tapedo, 36th place; Symantha Shelton, 38th; Ryan Padley, 46th; Destiny Punches, 47th; Edgar Fuentes, 48th; and Jacob Michaelis, 50th. Johnson County’s Nathan Lucas was the top individual finisher at the Snow Bowl.

Flickinger said she was proud of the progress each of the teams made throughout the semester.

“I am proud of the gains each person made this semester in Quiz Bowl,” she said. “It has been fun learning and competing with them.”

Cowley CQB alumni Chase LaPorte, Daltin Brock, Mason Warren, John Rohr, and Amy Austin helped out with moderating and score-keeping. Brock is the top Cowley College quiz bowl player at Cowley, according to points answered, while Warren is third all-time.

“The love for Quiz Bowl does not end after graduating from Cowley College,” Flickinger said.

Rohr, now technical director of theater at Cowley College, is the first alumnus to participate in Snow Bowl as a Cowley faculty member. Warren and Rohr played on the same Quiz Bowl team at Cowley in 2014-15 and helped Cowley to place fourth at the 2015 state tournament.

Rittle gave a warm welcome to the seven colleges that came to compete. Harold Arnett, vice president of academic affairs, and faculty members Mark Flickinger, Daniel Higdon, Rohr and Meg Smith assisted with moderating. Brooke Istas kept score.

“Our moderators made the day fun as they tackled some difficult names to quickly pronounce aloud, of people and places such as Enceladus, Kristallnacht, Tokugawa Shogunate and Pyotr Kapitsa, to name a few,” Flickinger said. “Thank you for volunteering your day with us.”

Flickinger also wished to thank the custodial team that set the tables up and cleaned the Webb-Brown Academic Center for the teams to compete in, as well as Janet Winegarner, who was there to offer her services afterward.

Those interested in participating in CQB next semester or next year may contact Flickinger at

Cowley College offers CQB tuition and book scholarships for students taking at least six credits at Cowley College who also have a 3.0 grade-point average.

Final Snow Bowl team standings

  1. Johnson County
  2. Coffeyville
  3. Cloud County
  4. Garden City A
  5. Redlands A
  6. Redlands B
  7. Dodge City
  8. Fort Scott
  9. Cowley A (tied for ninth)
  10. Garden City B (tied for ninth)
  11. Garden City C
  12. Cowley B

This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo.