Wheelersburg Middle School won the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center (ESC) Middle School Quiz Bowl Tournament Wednesday, Oct. 25, winning over the Runner-Up team from West Portsmouth Middle School by one point.
Ninety-seven students competed from nine school districts, including Minford, Northwest, West, Wheelersburg, Green, Portsmouth, Valley, New Boston, and Notre Dame.
“There are different categories, and for the middle school, which is fifth and sixth grade, it’s reading vocabulary, geography, life science, fine arts, mathematics, spelling, physical science, world history, grammar, and current events. Then there’s a lightning round 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 and West finished undefeated 2-0. Wheelersburg and West also had the highest combined scores which allowed them to advance to the finals. Wheelersburg won the final play, making them the 2017-18 county champions.
The Wheelersburg Middle School Quiz Bowl Coach is Jerri Cummings and her Assistant Coach is Dr. Raj Kataria. The West Middle School Quiz Bowl Coach is Lisa Montgomery.
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, Nov. 1, 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 impressed 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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