MVCTC Youth Connections Team – State Champions in Knowledge Bowl


Columbus, OH -- The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Youth Connections team won first place in the Senior Division of the State Knowledge Bowl Competition on April 26, in Columbus, Ohio. The team of six students was asked 60 questions and answered 58 of them correctly for a total score of 582 points out of a possible 598.  They competed against 13 other teams in their division from around the state.

Knowledge Bowl is an academic competition that allows Career Based Intervention (CBI) students to compete against each other in both regional and state competitions. Teams can have up to ten (10) students. Each student is responsible for learning his or her categories. Preparation for Knowledge Bowl requires both in school studying and studying at home. Knowledge Bowl encourages teamwork, demonstrates that learning can be fun, develops student pride, and is good for community relations. The contest has 20 categories and at least 11 contain information geared for the Ohio Graduation Test {OGT} and Ohio State Standards.


The MVCTC Youth Connections Knowledge Bowl Team included Ashley Alder (West Carrollton), Seth Allen (Vandalia Butler), Juliet Etter (Brookville), Riley Lemons (West Carrollton), Bruce Pate (Kettering), and Dexter Williams (Dixie).


MVCTC Youth Connections teacher, Todd Engel, shared, “Knowledge Bowl provides our at-risk students with an opportunity to see their true potential and abilities if they truly apply themselves. They realize that learning can be fun if they work together as a unified team to accomplish things that they never thought was possible. The students became very passionate and committed to the studying and learning of their categories with hours of preparing both at school and at home and they develop not only good study habits that will serve them well in the future, but also a great deal of self-confidence.”


MVCTC Youth Connections is based on instruction in a small personal setting with a great deal of flexibility and a curriculum that will allow students to receive their high school diploma and gain skills necessary to lead to long-term employment. All students enrolled in Youth Connections are a part of the Career Based Intervention (CBI) program, which is the largest one site for a CBI program in the state of Ohio. While attending Youth Connections students are still considered a part of their home school, and are able to participate in extra-curricular activities and graduate with their home high school.

For more information about the MVCTC Youth Connections program, please visit


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Photo: - The MVCTC Youth Connections Knowledge Bowl Team displays their 1st Place Team Plaque and individual Gold Medals.

(left to right) – Dexter Williams, Bruce Pate, Juliet Etter, Ashley Alder, Seth Allen, Riley Lemons