The Earl Warren Cup returned to Bakersfield High School after a three-year hiatus.
The academic competition is a time-honored tradition where 32 of the school’s top AP government students answer questions face to face until one emerges victorious.
The questions quiz not only U.S. history–but current events, laws, our administration, our political system, and more.
“A lot of people know about it, and it’s such a big deal here at our school, across Kern County. So it’s just an honor to be a part of it,” said BHS senior and EWC competitor, Adrian Moreno.
Fellow competitor Margo Kuney added, “mainly (BHS is) just recognized for sports, so it’s awesome to have a competition where students get to be recognized for the academics as well.”
The Earl Warren Cup is named for the BHS alumnus and former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
The event is known for its costumes and theatrics. At this year’s competition, Bill Gates and Donald Trump made surprise video cameos, addressing the student body.
“There are so many bad stories out there about politics, about kids, and about education–and this is something that is a completely positive, heartwarming, empassioning story about how young people do care about their country, and how they use their education to become better people and better citizens,” said Jeremy Adams, the BHS government teacher and the Cup’s founder.
Ironically, this year’s competition fell on day 26 of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.
“There is this kind of weird dichotomy between the cynicism of a government that seems to have so much paralysis it literally can’t pay its employees–versus the enthusiasm and passion you see tonight. There’s a huge chasm between the two,” Adams said.
Nick Oosthuizen ended up taking home the trophy.