Middle School Quiz Bowl
Model Middle wins middle school Academic Quiz Bowl
Posted on 03/04/2014
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Model Middle School is the 2014 Academic Quiz Bowl middle school champions for Floyd County Schools. The Academic Quiz Bowl is a county-wide academic competition that was held on Tuesday, March 4 at Shorter University. Sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade gifted students across the county participated in the Middle School Quiz Bowl. This is the twelfth year students have competed at the middle school level. In the academic competition, middle school students compete in the academic areas of math, literature, vocabulary, science, history, and geography. The quiz bowl began 13 years ago with students at the elementary level competing in the first academic contest. 

Model Middle was the overall winner in the Floyd County Schools Kaleidoscope Academic Quiz Bowl competition with 1,700 total points. Armuchee Middle finished a second with 1,645 points, Pepperell Middle placed third with 1,470 points and Coosa Middle was fourth with 1,455. The middle school competition also divides the competitors into grade levels and crowns grade level champions. Along with taking overall honors, Model Middle finished in first place in the sixth-grade division, Coosa Middle School took the seventh-grade title and Armuchee Middle finished first in the eighth-grade competition.

The quiz bowl competitions were started to 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. "Developers of the program sought to provide middle school gifted students with an activity to prepare them to participate in academic competitions at the high school level and also showcase their academic talents," stated McCall Govignon, director of advanced academic programs for Floyd County Schools. “This is a great event for our gifted students because it exposes them to the college atmosphere through our partnership with Shorter University hosting the event.” 

Model Middle team members included: 
eighth-grade - Lane Boyd, Kayleigh Carney, Ellie Gross, Andrew Hart, Mark Moran, Candice Peeler, and Nathan Weaver  
seventh-grade - Ty Brock, Griffin Burgess, Kilian Chapman, Xander Hammond, Liam Knowles, Alex Nelson, and Abby Welchel  
sixth-grade - Aaron Bartleson, Duncan Blankenship, Will Bolyard, Dawson Burnes, Connor Gunnells, Landon Hays and Jacob Jordan. 

Model Middle coaches are: Kelly Dooley, Tara Ware, and Brandi Couey. 

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