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In a double overtime, King Lab Magnet School edged out Nichols Middle School to claim title to the fourth annual Health Challenge Bowl on Jan. 26. Chicago Bears wide receiver Rashied Davis emceed the event, held at Evanston Hospital’s Frank Auditorium and sponsored by NorthShore HealthSystem.

Five teams, composed of four players and one or two alternates, represented Chute, Haven, King Lab, Nichols and Bessie Rhodes schools in the bowl. Coaches selected sixth- and seventh-graders for the teams based on academic standing and interest in health issues, said Mark Schroeder, community relations director for NorthShore.

Patterned after a football game, the bowl was divided into four quarters and teams were awarded 7points for each “score.” But instead of catching a pass or kicking a punt, each team answered two questions on health issues each quarter. Questions in the first quarter dealt with body parts. Questions in the next three quarters focused on nutrition, body systems and health.

Among the questions during regulation play were, “What side of the heart pumps oxygen depleted blood to the lungs?” “What does the endocrine system regulate?” and “What happens to antigens during an immune response?”

There was no instant replay, but four or five times Mr. Davis called on a team of four high-powered judges to issue on-the-spot rulings about whether an answer was correct.

At the end of regulation play, King Lab and Nichols were tied with 49 points each. In a tie-breaking overtime, both teams missed the first question. The second question asked each team to name parts of the body that used a pivot joint, a hinge joint and a ball-and-socket joint. King Lab answered correctly to win the event.

The winning King Lab team was coached by Louis Green; team members were students Kai Joy, Julia Getz, Troyer Wallace Evans, Claire Greising and alternate Matias Anon.

Larry Gavin

Larry Gavin was a co-founder of the Evanston RoundTable in 1998 and assisted in its conversion to a non-profit in 2021. He has received many journalism awards for his articles on education, housing and...