Brain-Teasing Competition Is Lots of Fun

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Byline: Lynn Espedido

Schaumburg High School took part in a scholastic competition with students from all 50 states and 19 foreign countries, without anyone racking up any frequent-flier miles.

That's because the 26th annual Knowledge Master Open takes place in cyberspace: Students from nearly 3,600 junior high and high schools completed the 200-question test by computer.

Schaumburg High's team of 23 students included members from the scholastic bowl, math and science teams. They scored 1,461 out of a possible 2,000 points. Their efforts placed the Saxons eighth in state. The team's finish follows on last fall's fourth-place finish among Illinois schools competing. That was the highest ranking a Schaumburg High team has ever posted.

Results of the contest are broken down into overall, state and school enrollment rankings by Academic Hallmarks, a Colorado publishing firm that stages the competition. Scoring is based both on accuracy and speed.

Students started the day with a morning practice session. During the afternoon test, students were not allowed to use any resource materials, such as dictionaries, encyclopedias or calculators. The only materials allowed were a writing utensil and paper. …