Bessie Rhodes team proclaimed winners at the 4th Annual Health Challenge Bowl

Teams from Chute, Haven, King Lab and Bessie Rhodes competed in the 4th annual Health Challenge Bowl. They answered questions on health-related topics that included body parts, nutrition, body systems and general health.

Participating students were selected by their teacher-coaches based on academic achievement, commitment to team play, and interest in health-related subjects.

Mark Schroeder, Community Relations Director for NorthShore University HealthSystem, emceed the event before an audience of the students’ parents, siblings, and grandparents. Contestants demonstrated their knowledge about everything from the circulatory system to some lesser-known body parts. Each team was asked a set of multiple choice and fill-in-the blank questions in a timed four-quarter format. This year’s questions included, “What structure carries air into the lungs?” [Answer: bronchial tubes]. “According to the 2005 Food Pyramid how many minutes should children and teenagers be physically active most days?” [Answer: 60 minutes] and “What colorless gas does the respiratory system rid the body of?” [Answer: Carbon Dioxide]

A panel of judges was on hand to confer and determine if an answer was acceptable. This year’s judges were Dr. Andy Anderson, Director of Internal Medicine; Dr. Jackie Ivey-Brown, Medical Director Outpatient Department; Hal Jenkins, District 65 Science Curriculum Facilitator; Mary H. Larson, CSN, District 65 Coordinator of Health Services; and Nancy Semerdjian, RN, BSN, MBA, FACHE Chief Nursing Officer.

Teams play for school pride. The winning team is awarded the traveling Health Challenge trophy, kept at their school for one year. All contestants were awarded prizes from NorthShore. Winners receive additional prizes along with a check from NorthShore University HealthSystem for the school’s PE program.

Congratulations to Cinthia Cadet, Matthew Gorenstein-Vonbergen, John Hruska, Matt Myers, Jonah Patinkin, and their coach, Anna Kahl (featured in the attached photo along with District 65 Superintendent Dr. Hardy Murphy (left) and Evanston NorthShore University HealthSystem President, J.P. Gallagher (right).