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Oxford High School team to be on Memphis TV station

For some Oxford High School students, their trivia skills could help them win big.

On Saturday morning at 9, five students from OHS will be competing in the WREG Channel 3 Knowledge Bowl in Memphis. This will be the school’s first appearance in the competition, which is now in its 30th year.

The students on the five person team include seniors Nitin Ankisetty, Shawn Chao, Tycho Jenkins, Ash Hurdle and junior Anish Ravishankar. Hosting the competition will be Channel 3’s meteorologist Jim Jaggers, who will be quizzing the competitors on subjects like science, literature, history, math, art and current events.

OHS’ team is advised by Paul Ross, who is also the assistant principal at the school.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working with our Quiz Bowl team,” said Ross in an email. “They are a tremendous group of students who are not only intellectually gifted, but outstanding representatives for our school and community.”

The group from OHS will be going head-to-head with the team from Cordova High School in Memphis. Thirty two teams have been entered into the competition with five single elimination rounds set to air.

If the students succeed in this round of the contest, they’ll move on to the next round with the hopes of winning scholarships and bonds. Through the years, Knowledge Bowl has awarded $3.7 million in prizes.

Ross says that ultimately it’s not about how far the students get in the competition.

“I want to see our kids push themselves academically and enjoy the experience of competing on TV,” he said. “If they are able to do those two things, I will consider this a huge success.”