KHS Health Bowl 1

Kilgore High School Health Science teacher and team coach Cheyenne Kirkpatrick stands with students Sydney Chowdhury, Anushka Pradhan, Alison Rashidi, Mackenna Watkins and KHS Principal Charles Presley to pose for photos Monday before the team heads to Louisville, Kentucky to compete for the national title in the SkillsUSA Health Knowledge Quiz Bowl. 

Four Kilgore High School students are hitting the books as they prepare to represent KHS in a national health science quiz competition.

Mackenna Watkins, Anushka Pradhan, Alison Rashidi and Sydney Chowdhury, who recently completed their junior year at KHS, steadily rose through the ranks of the SkillsUSA Health Knowledge Quiz Bowl throughout the year and, in April, brought home a gold medal at a state competition held in Corpus Christi.

This week, the team, along with their coach and KHS Health Science teacher Cheyenne Kirkpatrick, traveled to Lousiville, Kentucky for the national competition. On Thursday, they will face off against 49 other teams – one from each state – in a quest for the national title.

Until then, they’re spending their time studying and completing a written quiz which is also part of the competition.

“They’re a little anxious but definitely excited,” Kirkpatrick said Tuesday. “Their competition starts tomorrow so they found a place in the hotel and they’re studying.”

The students completed a computer orientation session and the written portion of their quiz competition today.

Before embarking for Louisville, the team met at KHS for a Bulldog send-off provided by school administrators, teachers and others who showed up to wish them luck.

“It was awesome. We had a good crowd. The cheerleaders made some banners, the fire trucks led us down the street,” Kirkpatrick said.

She added the students won’t learn about the competition results until an awards ceremony held at five o’clock on Friday. However, they’ll have a better idea of how they did after they compete on Thursday.

Kirkpatrick said the results of the competition will be posted on the KHS Health Science Facebook page at

The health science students have been studying and preparing since they qualified for state at a competition held in February in Waco. In addition to wins in health science, other KHS students earned awards for other SkillsUSA competition categories, including math, game design and news production.


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