Team would have placed first in state, third overall with score
The Blair It's Academic team scored 1734 out of 2000 possible points in the Knowledge Master Open (KMO), held on Wednesday Dec. 6, but failed to report the score by 10 a.m. the following day. Had the score been reported by the deadline, the team would have placed first out of 20 teams in Maryland and third overall out of 783 teams in the world, which has significantly improved from Blair's ninth and eleventh place overall finishes in the past two KMOs.
The KMO is an international competition in which each participating team receives a CD of 200 multiple choice questions covering a broad range of academic subjects. On the competition day, Blair team members met during periods 5A, 5B and 6 in room 247 to complete the questions. After the team finished the questions, sponsor David Fantegrossi was unable to submit the scores due to a team miscommunication over who would give the results to him, according to It's Academic team captain senior David Gootenberg.
Despite the disappointment of not officially placing in the competition, the team is proud of their performance. "The mix-up hasn't really broken our stride," said Gootenberg. "Third place is back on par with how Blair traditionally does."
Blair KMO participants:
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