Minford, Wheelersburg win Academic Competition
Minford and Wheelersburg high school teams emerged as District I and District II Champions, respectively, in the Southern Ohio Academic Competition Tournament. This year’s tournament took place March 8 at Shawnee State University, in Portsmouth, Ohio.
Division I included Minford, Manchester, Green, South Webster, Portsmouth, New Boston, East, and Valley; while Division II included Wheelersburg, Piketon, Oak Hill, West, Clay, CTC, Northwest, and Notre Dame.
This was a double-elimination tournament with each school playing a minimum of two matches. Each round consists of questions in the following categories: American Literature, Mathematics, World History, Fine Arts, Life Sciences, World Literature, U.S. Government, Physical Sciences, Geography and U.S. History, as well as an “Alphabet Round” where all answers begin with the same letter of the alphabet, and a Lightning Round which consists of questions from all categories.
The Division I Championship was won by Minford High School, led by Coach Brett Oakes. The Runner-up title went to Portsmouth High School and their coach, Amy Keating.
“Our team has been led all season long by our team captain and senior, Logan Boston who not only displays an uncanny gift for learning and retaining knowledge but also remarkable leadership skills as well. My other starters who also made a significant contribution to the team throughout the year include senior Sarah Cunningham, senior Ryan Higbee, and junior Jenna Powell,” Minford Coach Brett Oakes said.
The Wheelersburg High School team, coached by Brian Oakes, claimed the Division II Championship title. Clay High School, under the leadership of Cindy Parkes, took the Runner-up title.
“I was really pleased with how we played,” Wheelersburg Coach Brian Oakes said. “We practiced really hard before the tournament and put in a lot of extra time in practice to help us get to the point where we put ourselves into a position to win again. It wasn't easy this year. We had some really good competition. The other teams were right there with us and it came down to the question-sets. Overall, I was just really pleased with how everybody preformed.”
Minford and Wheelersburg High Schools will now advance to the 34th annual OAC Regional Competition in Lancaster, Ohio, on April 21, at the Ohio University Lancaster Campus. Teams that win at Regional Competition will advance to the State Competition in Columbus on May 5, at St. Charles Preparatory School.
The Tournament was hosted by the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center and Shawnee State University and coordinated by Gifted Coordinator, Sharee Price. Moderators for the event were Marcia Tackett, Theresa Havens, Mike Glenn, Aaron Bruewer, Nate Marcum, Ethan Lawson, Diana Marsh, and Bob West.
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