Minford wins academic competition

Submitted Photo Minford High School, led by Coach Brett Oakes, won the League Championship at the South Central Ohio ESC on Dec. 10. The team will now advance to the tournament at Shawnee State University, and to the Regional Competition in Lancaster, Ohio.

Minford High School’s Academic Competition team captured the title of Academic Competition League Champions for the 2015-16 school year with just one loss for the season. The Wheelersburg High School team won Runner-Up, with two losses for the season.

Each year the ESC oversees Academic Competitions, using the Ohio Academic Competition format. The purpose of this competition is to encourage higher-order thinking, recognize outstanding achievement, and promote academic excellence among participating high school students. League competitions took place from September through December at the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center (ESC).

“All the kids did great. I was very pleased to see good sportsmanship. Teams were shaking each other’s hands whether they won or lost. It made my heart happy,” Sharee Price, Gifted Services coordinator at the ESC, said.

About 250 students from Clay, Green, Minford, New Boston, Northwest, Notre Dame, Oak Hill, Portsmouth, Scioto County Career and Technical Center, Sciotoville Community, South Webster, Valley, West, and Wheelersburg, participated in Academic Competitions during the 2015-16 school year.

Minford High School won the competition under the leadership of Coach Brett Oakes.

“We start preparing at the beginning of the school year. We have specialists in every subject area. We stay after school two or three times a week, and we travel to other matches outside our league. We’ve been to Lancaster, we’ve been to Columbus. So there’s a lot of preparation,” Brett Oakes said.

Making things a little more personal this year was Brett Oakes’ twin-brother, Brian Oakes, who was coaching the opposing Wheelersburg team.

“Coaching-wise, we’ve competed in basketball against each other. Now we’re both out of basketball and into Quiz Bowl. It doesn’t always make for the best family get-togethers, because we’re always competitive about quiz bowl. But it’s all in good fun. He does a good job out there,” Brett Oakes said.

Wheelersburg won runner-up in the competition at the ESC.

The next step is the Southern Ohio Academic Competition Tournament at Shawnee State University on March 10, 2016. Tournament winners will advance to the 32nd Annual Ohio Academic Competition (OAC) Regional Competition to be held in Lancaster, Ohio, on April 16, 2016. Minford will compete at Shawnee State University, but win or lose the team has already earned its position at the Regional Competition.

Brett Oaks said his team has qualified for Regionals every year for the past six years.

“I think Quiz Bowl in this area is on the up-and-up. Sharee does a wonderful job here with our league. Not every area in Ohio has a league like this put together,” he said. “The kids in the area all work hard and they should be acknowledged for their hard work.”

For more information about the South Central Ohio ESC, visit online at www.scoesc.org, or follow the ESC on Facebook and Twitter.