Wheelersburg wins ESC Junior High Quiz Bowl Tournament

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Back Row (left to right): Trinity Ketchell, Elias Robson, Ethan Sanford, Andrew Brown, Coach Cindy Parkes. Front Row (left to right): Emily Clausing, Regan Fyffe, Zoe Shultz.

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Back Row (left to right): Coach Jerri Cummings, Rohit Kataria, Alex Morris, Will Gilbert, Tanner Stevenson, Gus Shoemaker, Coach Raj Kataria. Front Row (left to right): Kate Gilmore, Andrew Clark, Eric Green, Alex Somoza.

Students from ten local Junior High schools (grades 7-8) participated in a Quiz Bowl Tournament on Nov. 4 at the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center (SCOESC) in New Boston.

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.

“These students do a fantastic job, and it’s quite obvious that their coaches have been working with them. I know that some of the teams have set up scrimmages outside, on their own, which helped them become more prepared for the competition. One of the things that I like about the middle school and junior high is that it prepares the kids and sets them on their path to go on and compete at the high school level. It also gives students a good chance to really think on their feet and recall information quickly,” said Sharee Price, Gifted Services coordinator for the ESC.

Wheelersburg and Clay were the final two teams playing in the Championship Round with Wheelersburg winning the Championship and Clay winning the Runner-Up Award. Jerri Cummings is the coach and Dr. Raj Kataria is the assistant coach for the Wheelersburg Junior High team. Cindy Parkes is the coach for the Clay team.

“I was very proud of my students. The second match with Clay was very close, so I was a little bit worried during that second match. We ended up playing Clay again in the championship and we fared much better,” Cummings said.

This was Cummings’ first year coaching Quiz Bowl and said she learned a lot from speaking with past Quiz Bowl advisors, and playing in a round robin tournament with other schools. She also thanked Kataria for his help preparing her, and her students, for the competition.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was very exciting. It was a lot of fun working with the students, so I’ll definitely keep doing it,” Cummings said.

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