Making the grade LAMS ranks first in New Mexico in the Knowledge Master Competition

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By Kirsten Laskey

Eleven seventh and eighth grade students at Los Alamos Middle School proved their smarts during the Knowledge Master Competition.They ranked first in the state and 22nd of the 711 teams in the world that participated.During the competition, students were given the questions on a CD and competed right at the middle school, said Barbara Jo Mullis, eighth grade teacher and the coach of the middle school team. The competition occurred in December 2007.Questions covered everything from current events and literature to mathematics and science. “It’s a very broad knowledge base,” Mullis said.The competition included 200 questions and students were timed. So the faster they answered, the more points they got, Mullis said.The students’ teamwork helped them be successful.“You need to come together as a team to agree on an answer,” she said.Additionally, each student had an area of specialty.Mullis said some students are strong in English while others are knowledgeable in science, so they were able to help the team out when a question in their area of interest occurred.This is not the first time LAMS has participated in the competition. It has competed in it for five years.

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