Seventh-grade students from Blanchester, Clinton-Massie and East Clinton middle schools recently competed in an Academic Quiz Bowl competition at Southern State Community College’s North Campus in Wilmington.
The double-elimination tournament, sponsored by the Southern Ohio Educational Service Center’s gifted services team, challenged students with a range of academic questions in a quick recall format.
Eighteen teams participated in the tournament that consisted of series of 34, 16-minute rounds moderated in four competition rooms by Jill Binau, Curt Bradshaw, Nicole Friend, Regina Gerber, Barbara Glass, Nancy McDermott and Shelly Wellman. Wendy Goodman served as a scorekeeper and timekeeper.
Moderators posed questions that challenged students in the areas of art, literature, history, mathematics, social studies, science, sports, geography, computer science and music.
The quiz bowl activity presents an opportunity for students to develop pride in their academic knowledge, sportsmanship and school representation. The competitions also encourage students to consider participating on their respective academic teams once in high school.
Two teams from Clinton-Massie Middle School finished the tournament as champions and runners-up and received the coveted traveling trophy to display at their school. First-place team members include Maddie Brausch, Colton Doyle, Abby George, Jenna Norman and Luke Wonderly. Second-place team members include Joe Baughman, Barek Bennett, Sam Binau, Donald Brewer, Clay Carroll and Connor Harrison.
Another seventh-grade competition will be held in February, with eighth-grade academic quiz bowl competitions scheduled in January and March.
Also representing Blanchester Middle School were Caili Baumann, Gabe Christen, Taylor Cochran, Gavin Colebank, Makayla Cress, Alex Fischer, Hunter Hartmann, Casey Kingsland, Daniel Larkin, Brian Miller, Brady Phillips, Lana Roy, Savanna Schutte, Kellen Staehling, Carter Stevens and Shane Smith.
Also representing Clinton-Massie Middle School were Joe Baughman, Barek Bennett, Sam Binau, Donald Brewer, Clay Carroll, Johanna Davidson, Sam Glass, Connor Harrison, Kaylee Holsinger, Natasha Huelsman, Ethan Hughes, Luke Hughes, Ashlen Jackman, Jordan Liddil, Isabel Majdoch, Nathan McDowell, Kaden McInerney, Logan Meyers, Michael Moritz, Aurora Mullis, Adam Norton, Austin Powell, Corbin Ruth, Abby Schneider, Pearl Spurlock, Isabella Theetge, Bryson Valentine, Cienna Wallace and Amanda Wilson.
And representing East Clinton Middle School were Mylah Adkins, Holly Benard, Gracie Boggs, Jericka Boggs, Carter Carey, Van Frye, Trenton, Clayton Harrington, Aaron Hughes, Makenna Jarrell, Maggie Mathews, Freddy Morgan, Austin Reedy, Mackenzie Shoemaker, Devin Slone, Quentin Toole and Maddy Turner.
Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications for several area schools.