Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

April 1, 2014

Glasgow High School student to attend national quick recall competition in Ohio

By GINA KINSLOW
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Olivia Kiser will represent her school in June as a member of the Kentucky National All-Star Academic Tournament Team, taking part in a national quick recall competition at Ohio State University in Columbus.

Kiser, a Glasgow High School junior, is one of six high school students statewide and the only GHS student who made the team.  

“Olivia is such a bright young lady and represents Glasgow High School so well,” said Keith Hale, GHS principal. “It’s such a huge accomplishment for her to be able to highlight herself and represent our school. It’s just an honor for us.”

The type of competition she and her teammates will encounter will be similar to what contestants on the television game show, “Jeopardy,” take part in.

Kiser tried out for the Kentucky NASAT team last year, but didn’t qualify.

“I thought I would love to be on it this year,” she said. “It wouldn’t have broken my heart if I hadn’t [made the team], but I’m glad I did.”

Tryouts, which involved answering multiple quick recall questions, took place in early March at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

She wanted to try out for the team, she said, “Because I feel like it will be a good competition and I will get a chance to prove that I can compete nationally.”

Her mother, Amelia, said she is thrilled her daughter made the team.

“I think it’s going to be really good opportunity for her. We’re all really excited about it,” Amelia Kiser said.

Kiser and the other five team members will  compete against teams from other states during the competition.

To prepare for the competition, she plans to do a lot of reading.

“A lot of times I read Wikipedia; just read the articles to see if there is anything I can pick up that will help me,” she said. “I have several history books that I read that I enjoy.”

Kiser has taken part in her school’s academic teams since she was in the third grade, and said she has always loved quick recall. What she likes about quick recall is “the fact that whatever you know could be useful,” she said.

In December, Kiser tried out for “Teen Jeopardy.”

“I made it to the second round in Atlanta, but I didn’t make it to the actual show,” she said. “I might try again at some point. I’m not sure. It would be fun, I think.”

Two categories that are her strengths are history and language arts, specifically literature, she said.

Kiser has yet to decide which college she wants to attend, but is contemplating a career as a college history professor.

“But that can change,” she said.

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