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Clay wins ESC Junior High Quiz Bowl
Eighty-four students from 10 local Junior High schools (grades 7-8) participated in a Quiz Bowl Tournament on Nov. 2 at the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center in New Boston. Clay Junior High emerged as the 2016 champions, with Northwest Junior High as the Runner-up.

“The Junior High students get so excited about this competition and it’s great to see them using the knowledge they’ve gained in the classroom and in quiz bowl practice. I’m always impressed by how much the students know about so many subjects and by how hard they work to succeed in this tournament.” said Sharee Price, ESC Gifted Services coordinator.

Students participated from Clay, East, Green, Minford, New Boston, Northwest, Notre Dame, Valley, West, and Wheelersburg schools. Each team played two matches to determine which two teams would advance to the Championship Round. The matches include questions in ten different categories including Math, Science, English, Social Studies, Literature, Current Events, Fine Arts, Health, General Knowledge and History. The final round is the Lightning Round where students buzz in to answer questions from a variety of topics.

Northwest and Clay were the final two teams playing in the Championship Round, with Clay winning the Championship and Northwest winning the Runner-Up Award. Cindy Parkes is the coach for the Clay team and Melissa Adams is the Northwest coach.

“I think we play very well together as a team,” Parkes said. “Last year we lost in the finals to Wheelersburg. So the kids were very excited to be back and have another chance and very happy to bring home a championship. We are very proud.”

Sandy Mers, ESC superintendent, volunteered to help with the tournament.

“There’s as much excitement about academic competition as there is about athletic competition,” Mers said. “I observed Minford Junior High students and their coach, Theresa Havens, using every spare minute between rounds to practice and review in preparation for their matches. Between matches many of the students and parents were checking scores to see how their teams were progressing.”

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