Warner Robins Middle buzzes in to state academic bowl

awoolen@macon.comJanuary 22, 2014 

WARNER ROBINS -- Lori Campbell reminded students to read books from the library.

“Check out a Georgia history book,” she said Thursday as the academic bowl team from Warner Robins Middle School diligently prepared for the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation’s Academic Bowl.

After finishing second to Stratford Academy in the regional competition Jan. 11, the team will compete at the state level in Milledgeville on Saturday.

The students answered questions in categories such as math, language arts, social studies, science, fine arts and miscellaneous.

“Everybody’s got something to add,” Campbell, team coach and gifted language arts teacher, said about each of the 12 participants.

One student is strong in spelling while another’s specialty is in math.

The one thing the team is lacking is someone knowledgeable in sports, Campbell said.

During the competition, only five players compete at a time.

The first question is a toss-up where the team buzzes in. The team that answers the toss up gets to answer the main question first.

While the group practiced Thursday, some of the questions centered around religions from the 17th century while others were related to recent newspaper headlines.

“Today isn’t our best day,” said eighth-grader Alexis Strawn after they were stumped on a question about Georgia counties.

All of the students on the team are in the gifted program, seventh-grade world cultures teacher Mike Dowd said. The try-outs at the beginning of the year are open to all students, however.

“You don’t have to be in gifted to be on the team,” he said.

The students have been practicing for the bowl since school started this year. Some have been on the team for two years. The experience helps them know what to expect.

Campbell said the last time Warner Robins Middle competed at the state level was in 2007.

The school will face teams from 11 other regions.

Team members are Daniela Morales, Kinsley Van Atta, James Scott, Kushagra Biswas, Sona Segnou, Oliver Hinton, Nayahna Gordon, Hailie Cochran, Alexander Stump, Alexis Stawn, Sandra Bourdon and Marta Bourdon.

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