WILMINGTON — Sixth-grade students from the Blanchester and East Clinton Middle Schools competed in an Academic Quiz Bowl Tournament, hosted by the Southern Ohio Educational Service Center (ESC), at Southern State Community College’s campus in Wilmington.
A team from Blanchester Middle School finished the tournament as champions with a team from East Clinton Middle School finishing as the reserve champions.
The double-elimination tournament, sponsored by the Gifted Services Department at the Southern Ohio ESC’s Wilmington office, challenged students with a range of academic questions in a quick recall format.
Twelve teams, made up of 53 students, took part in the tournament that consisted of a series of 23, 16-minute rounds, moderated in three competition rooms by Coordinator of Gifted Services Curt Bradshaw and Gifted Intervention Specialists Regina Gerber and Shelly Wellman. Room assistants were Joyce Kelly and Mistie Manicho.
Moderators posed questions to 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, stated a media release.
The competitions also encourage students to consider participating on their respective academic teams once in high school.
Blanchester Middle School received the traveling trophy to display at their school.
First-place team members from Blanchester include Jagger Huston, Cole Mueller, Michael Mulvihill, and Sammy Roush.
The reserve champion team members from East Clinton include Colton Brockman, Bo Frye, Jade Griffith, Gabe Lightle, and Bailey Todd.
Also representing Blanchester Middle School were Addison Allen, Gabe Black, Alivia Brewster, Mary Chapin, Ella Chowning, Morgyn Coyle, Cody Crawford, Alayna Davenport, James Deemer, Molly Ford, Sophie Gabbard, Maggie Grant, Tyler Miller, Emily Paugh, Evie Schell, Caleb Sears, Hannah Sexton, Rachel Stoll, Rylie Taylor and Nikki White.
And also representing East Clinton Middle School were Sydney Beiting, Carman Brown, Claire Brown, Aiden Conger, Preston Dixon, Mitchell Ellis, Jaden Evans, Jacob George, Troy Griffith, Elyon Hackmann, Hayden Haines, Noah Hamilton, Robert Harner, Braedan Haywood, Richard Jilinski, Chloe Jones, Trentin LeForge, Kaden Lewis, Stephen Lozano, Ava Mess, Owen Roberts, Karsyn Sole, Kasen Terrell and Oliver Wright.
The Southern Ohio ESC and participating school districts are grateful for the grant support allowing for the purchase of new equipment for the Academic Quiz Bowl Tournaments. The grant was provided through the Robert E. Lucas Memorial Fund, in the Clinton County Foundation.
The Southern Ohio ESC also hosts tournaments for seventh- and eighth-grade students.
Information for this article was provided by Curt Bradshaw, who coordinates gifted programs and services for Blanchester and East Clinton Local Schools through the Southern Ohio Educational Service Center.