Northwest Middle School won the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center (ESC) Middle School Quiz Bowl Tournament Wednesday, Oct. 24, winning over the Runner-Up team from Wheelersburg Middle School.
Eighty-eight students competed from nine school districts, including Minford, Wheelersburg, Portsmouth, New Boston, Northwest, Valley, Notre Dame, Green and Portsmouth West.
“The Middle School division is made up of fifth and sixth graders. Their competition includes six different categories, including: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts and Religion/Mythology. Then there’s the Alphabet Round where students are given a written list of clues that have answers all beginning with the same letter and the competition concludes with twelve Lightning Round questions that can include questions from any category.” said Sharee Price, director of the ESC Gifted Services Department.
The first seed of tournament was played in two rounds, where Wheelersburg, Minford and Northwest finished undefeated 2-0. Wheelersburg and Northwest had the highest combined scores which allowed them to advance to the finals. Northwest won the final play, making them the 2018-19 county champions.
The Northwest Middle School Quiz Bowl Coach is Amanda Jones and the Wheelersburg Middle School Quiz Bowl Coach is Jerri Cummings.
“The team is a new team. Only two of our kids have ever played before, so the other five kids were new. They really practiced hard and they did so well,” Jones said of her Northwest students. “They are so excited, they’re ready to start again next year.”
This is her second year coaching at Northwest, but Jones spent six years prior coaching another school district.
The event is organized each year by the Gifted Services Department of the South Central Ohio ESC. In addition to the Middle School Quiz Bowl, the ESC also hosts an annual Junior High Quiz Bowl, and multiple High School Quiz Bowl matches throughout the year. The next competition will be the Junior High Quiz Bowl, on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 4-8 p.m.
“Participating in quiz bowl reinforces knowledge and quick recall, inspires learning about new things, and encourages socialization. It also fosters cooperation and teamwork as students confer with each other throughout the competition. I’m always amazed by how much the students know and how self-confident they are in front of the large audiences that attend our competitions.” Price said.
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