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Knowledge Bowl

Lutheran Elementary School Tournament (L.E.S.T.)

Thursday, April 29, 12:00pm-2:30pm (PST)
Results posted April 30

Knowledge Bowl Finalists


St. John’s, Napa


Bethlehem, Kennewick


Concordia, Tacoma

L.E.S.T. 2022

President's Day Weekend at Concordia University Irvine

aerial view from French hill

L.E.S.T. is planning to return to an in-person gathering in 2022! Hosted at Concordia University Irvine's campus in Southern California, the tournament will offer many of our most popular events, including:

  • Basketball
  • Cheer
  • Dance & Drill
  • Drama
  • Knowledge Bowl
  • Math
  • Music
  • Science
  • Speech & Debate

Details will continue to be provided here at For more information, please contact Rev. Bil Hood, Sr. Director of External Relations, at (949) 214-3189 or [email protected].


The Knowledge Bowl allows academically-gifted students the opportunity to match their intellectual skills against others of comparable ability and provides an avenue for fellowship among L.E.S.T. participants.


  1. Each school is allowed one team of no more than 5 members. Each team may have two 8th graders or two 7th graders, but not two of each of those grade levels (two 7th graders and two 8th graders may not be on the team at the same time). Alternates may be used as substitutes, but may be substituted only between matches, not during a match.
  2. Tournament format (bracket, pool play, etc.) will be determined by the number of schools entered in the Knowledge Bowl. Typically, matches will last approximately 10 minutes with 5 minutes between matches. Each round includes 10 questions or a 10-minute time limit, whichever comes first. The championship match will be 15 minutes in length with no question limit. The Knowledge Bowl schedule will be published by the middle of April 2021.
  3. Questions will be selected from any of the following categories, but NOT necessarily from all: Fine Arts, Language Arts, Math, Religion, Science, Current Events, and Social Studies.
  4. All questions will be worth 10 points and each team will be given the question simultaneously. The teams will have 20 seconds to write their responses. When time is up, the answer must be displayed to the judge or the team will be ineligible to receive points for that question. If a wrong answer is written the team will not receive any points. After all preliminary rounds have been completed, total points for each team for all rounds will be calculated. The top four teams will participate in the Championship Match.
  5. If there is a tie at the end of the championship match, additional questions will be asked until the tie is broken (up to 5 additional questions). If there is still a tie, a question with a number answer will be asked, and the team that is closest (either above or below the answer) will be the winner.
  6. All answers will be written. Calculations may be necessary, but no calculators will be allowed. Writing surfaces and pens will be provided for each team.
  7. Each team will have an appointed captain who will act as the writer for each answer. The captain will be seated in the center of his/her team.
  8. Each team is to have an adult "coach" who will be present at the competition. Coaches are responsible for their team's promptness to the competition and for their team's behavior at all times.
  9. If a scoring error is believed to have been made, the coach must notify the judge immediately. The judge can call time-out to bring the error to the attention of the moderator to be resolved.
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