Five Covington High School students recently accomplished something that hasn't been done in a while.
Seniors Ky Anderson, Erin Blackley, Brad Walker, Austin Black and sophomore Aaron Na, members of Covington's Knowledge Bowl, won round one and advanced to the final 16, something that hasn't been accomplished at the school since 2001.
The group defeated the team from St. George's, a private school in Memphis well-known for its academics.
Those who want to watch the win can tune in to Channel 3 this Saturday at 9 a.m.
Knowledge Bowl is an annual televised event that features schools answering questions that cover everything from current events to science to math.
David Sage, the team's coordinator who is also a baseball and football coach, said the team works hard.
“I had them read a lot on their own, like newspapers from around the country,” Sage said.
“It's just like football or baseball. There's a lot of stuff you have to do on your own.”
The group meets three days a week at 7 a.m. to practice.
“Peggy Murdock (CHS principal) asked me if I wanted to do it,” Sage said. “I think she was kidding, but I said yes. It's like sports. You push them and give them incentives. A good coach is only as good as his players.”
Covington will take on Memphis Central Jan. 28 in the round of 16.
That event will be televised at a later date.
If Covington wins there, it will advance to compete against the Center Hill-Germantown winner.