February 6, 2012
FOND DU LAC, Wis. — Marian University will hold its annual History Biathlon for high school students on March 31 starting at 8 a.m. in the Stayer Center.This is the fifth year the history program at Marian has held a history competition for high school students. All high school students may compete; teams should number between one and four students, and schools can send as many teams as they wish.This year’s competition includes two events. The first is a competitive one-hour, 100-question exam. Students will take the exam as individual members of a team and the average score per team determines the winner. The second event is the Brain Bowl, which is a rapid-fire question and answer competition.There are three separate team categories: One for teams composed solely of freshman and sophomore students, one for teams composed solely of juniors and seniors and one for mixed teams which have at least one freshman or sophomore and one student who is a junior or senior. Teams in each category compete in their own tournament with prizes awarded to the three top teams in each category. Prizes in the past have included Packer footballs, Noah’s Ark tickets and Brewers tickets.”Marian’s History Biathlon is the only event like it in the state,” said Dr. Mary Gross, associate professor of history at Marian. “The game-show format of the Brain Bowl is exciting and educational. The students have a great time testing their knowledge.”The first, second and third place teams in each competition will win prizes and scholarships. All participants will receive a Marian University High School History Biathlon T-shirt to commemorate the day.The event is free; however, teams must register by March 20. To register, email each participant’s name, age and T-shirt size to Dr. Mary Gross at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-2-MARIAN, ext. 7664.