WILMINGTON — Eighth-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.
A series of 34, 16-minute rounds were moderated in four competition rooms by Jill Binau, Curt Bradshaw, Nicole Friend, Regina Gerber, Kim Adams, and Shelly Wellman. Barbara Glass and Wendy Goodman served as scorekeepers and timekeepers for the competition.
According to Bradshaw, who serves as the Gifted Intervention Coordinator with the Southern Ohio Educational Service Center, this enrichment experience presents an opportunity for students to interact with their peers from neighboring schools.
“I continue to be impressed at the level of competition and knowledge of the students from all the schools,” said Bradshaw. “The students enjoy the opportunity to showcase their talents and academic strengths with their peers from across the county, and they do a fine job of representing the high quality education they experience every day at their home schools.”
One team from East Clinton Middle School earn the top prize, finished the tournament as champions, and received the coveted traveling trophy to display at their school. First-place team members include Patrick Dotson, Rhylee Luttrell, Ethan Reedy and Olivia Wood.
Finishing a close second was a team from Clinton-Massie Middle School consisting of Amelia Binau, Savannah Henderson, Erika Keller, Josh Merkle, Aaron Williams and Dylan (DJ) Young.
Members of the Blanchester Middle School teams included Kayla Allen, Libby Boegeman, Lilly Brown, Chantz Dalton, Jasper Damewood, Ally Davis, Maddie Fields, Owen Hodgson, Grace King, Chloe Koeppe, Claude Light, Jenna Monhollon, Mallory Myers, Gabe Napier, Matt O’Neil, Mason Rector, Caroline Rhude, Chloe Robinson, Braden Roy, Cameron Skidmore, Will Smith, Chloe Stewart, Eliana Tacoronte, Jonathon Trivett and Tyler Wathen.
Additional members of the Clinton-Massie Middle School teams included Clayton Amburgy, Arissa Bailey, Josie Baker, Nate Baker, Olivia Bills, Bo Bradley, Hunter Broderick, Lucas Burrows, Luke Campbell, Mackenzie Click, Carson Conrad, Noah Corbett, Kari Cragwall, Liza Duncan, Chloe Fisher, Robby Frederick, John Gehringer, Joe Hammonds, Lauren Kropp, Adin Lamb, Destiny Martin, Nolan Pringnitz, Caiden Riggers, Ben Ryan, Coleton Schell, Blake Seaman, Alexander Shelton, Victoria Sivert, Adam Thompson, Wesley Vert, Allison Wallace, Vanessa Wilson, Paige Wood and Davis Wulf.
Students from East Clinton Middle School participating in the Academic Quiz Bowl Tournament included Kiya Byrd, Jonathan Cline, Joshua Cline, Jared Docter, Carlie Ellis, Garrett Elzey, Ariona Fair, Austin Gray, Aidan Henson, Jacob Howard, Mason Huff, Lyndsey Kelly, Reagan Landrum, Emma Malone, Matthew Mitchell, Matthew Moskal, Noah Patton, Hayden Pirman, Colton Vadnais, Damon King, Blake Williams and Brendon Walters.
Another eighth-grade competition will be held in March. A seventh-grade academic quiz bowl competition is scheduled to be held at Southern State Community College in late February.
Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications for several area schools.