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Monday, Dec 02 2013 02:08 PM

'First Look': BHS students get ready for Earl Warren Cup

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    Bakersfield High School government teacher Jeremy Adams, left, talks with Californian Editorial Page Editor Robert Price about the Earl Warren Cup competition on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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The Earl Warren Cup is a competitive, nail-biting competition among Bakersfield High School advanced placement government students who face off in a series of rounds until there is one winner who walks away with a shiny cup.

BHS government teacher Jeremy Adams created the competition seven years ago and said attendance continues to grow each year.

"I thought to myself, if I could get people as excited for American government and politics as they get for sports, than that would be a huge educational cue," Adams said Monday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

Last year, there were about 1,300 people at Harvey Auditorium at BHS, cheering on the competitors. This year, Adams said he hopes there are no seats left.

So how does the competition work?

Thirty-two competitors who face off in a series of rounds and the first one to answer three questions correctly moves on to the next round until there is only one person left -- the champion.

The questions are written by Adams. Every year, Adams works with politicians, celebrities and others to create videotaped questions that are played throughout the competition.

This year, there will be two members of the Supreme Court, an Oscar winner, a couple of state governors and many others.

"These kids need that little boost because they are doing something awesome so go support them," simulcast host Scott Cox said.

Admission is free. The competition starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Harvey Auditorium at BHS, 1316 G. St.


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