Alto Park wins 2013 Elementary Quiz Bowl
Alto Park wins 2013 Elementary Quiz Bowl
Posted on 02/12/2013
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Alto Park Elementary has taken top honors in the 2013 Academic Quiz Bowl in the elementary division for Floyd County Schools. The Academic Quiz Bowl is a county-wide academic competition that was held on Monday, February 11 at Shorter University. The elementary competition was started 12 years ago to bring all Floyd County gifted students together to compete in academics. Fifth-grade gifted students in Floyd County Schools participate in the elementary division. The students compete in academic areas of math, science, vocabulary, spelling, trivia, literature, and geography. 

Alto Park Elementary placed first in the competition with 565 total points, Cave Spring Elementary finished second with 525 points, and Pepperell Elementary finished third with 415 points. 

The quiz bowl competitions promote student academic growth in problem solving, critical thinking, communication skills, and advanced research skills. The activities also promote leadership and provide motivation for students to excel in academics. The quiz bowls are local school system events with no region or state competitions. McCall Govignon, director of advanced academic programs for Floyd County Schools, considers this type of academic program important for elementary and middle school children. “Academic competitions, like the quiz bowl, gives these children the opportunity to shine and display their talents," Govignon said. "The academic event also better prepares students for participating in academic decathlon competitions at the high school level.”

Alto Park team members included: Micah Wade, Sydney Brown, Gracie Nicholson, Erin Vescovi, Phoebe Harley, Caleb Wright, and coach Deborah Gilreath.

2013 Alto Park Quiz Bowl Team
Photo left to right:  first row (holding trophy): Gracie Nicholson and Sydney Brown.  Second row: Phoebe Harley, Erin Vescovi, Michah Wade, and Caleb Wright.  Back: Deborah Gilreath