The Mount de Sales Academy Middle School quiz bowl team ranked first in the state and eighth in the nation in Questions Unlimited’s 3-2-1 online quiz bowl tournament.
Finishing in the top 10 percent in the nation allows the team to advance to nationals in New Orleans in early 2015. The team placed third at nationals this year, according to a release from the school.
This year’s team is made up of eighth-graders Billy Chung and Ben Lemon, and seventh-graders Justin Kim, Danny George, George Pearson and Stephanie Pierson. Included in the online competition were ninth-graders Tom Ferrer, Aidan Hintermaier, Daryl Stafford and Reese Waters.
The academy’s Upper School quiz bowl team also received high marks at a recent tournament. The team ranked second in the Junior Varsity Division at the Quizcat IV tournament hosted by Bainbridge High School in Bainbridge on Dec. 13. Team members include ninth-graders Sophia Cantrell, Luke Davenport, Tom Ferrer, Aidan Hintermaier, and Reese Waters. Also participating as members of the team are eighth-graders Billy Chung and Ben Lemon.
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HOUSTON COUNTY QUIZ BOWL TEAMS HEAD TO REGIONAL
Houston County’s eight middle schools competed in the district academic bowl Dec. 11. The top four teams were Bonaire, Feagin Mill, Mossy Creek and Perry. Those teams next compete in the regional Professional Association of Georgia Educators Academic Bowl for middle grades on Jan. 10.
Students fielded questions on subjects ranging from math to science, language arts, social studies and fine arts. The questions were developed by using factual information and Georgia curriculum. Students answered toss-up and bonus questions to score points.
The regional PAGE Academic Bowl will be held at Feagin Mill Middle. Teams from Bibb, Houston, Jones and Peach counties will compete. The Academic Bowl State Championship will be Jan. 24 in Milledgeville at Georgia College & State University.
FORT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS COMPETE IN LEGO EVENT
The Fort Valley Middle School Starbase 2.0 Team competed in the First Lego League Dublin 2014 World Class Regional Tournament at Dublin Middle School on Dec. 13.
The team competed in the areas of core values, research, robot design and strategy, and running their robot on various missions. After the final scoring was completed, the team was notified that it will advance to the Super Regional Robotic Competition on Jan. 24 at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins.
The team members are Janiya Charlton, Analyce Roberts, Johnera Ogburn, Bryan Hudson, Sarah Choi, Parker Ross, Taj Banks, Jeremy Romero, Kenyon Greene, Erin Gowen and Dernell Springer. The mentors are Ta’Hajj Clark, Jydina Ferrell, Felica Hargrove, Tomika Middleton and Theoplis Watson. The FVMS teacher advisers are Stephanie Johnson and Paula Phelps.
MIDDLE GEORGIA PROVOST NAMED TO PSC
Marti Venn, provost of Middle Georgia State College, has been named by Gov. Nathan Deal as a member of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
Venn assumes her appointment Jan. 8, 2015. She will also be chairing the subcommittee on educator/preparation/certification, the school announced.
As a member of the commission, Venn will serve on the deliberative body that considers issues involving the preparation, certification and professional conduct of certified personnel employed in the Georgia public schools.
As provost, Venn is the highest ranking academic administrator at the college. She was the founding dean of the college’s School of Education and served as the senior executive director for educator preparation for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
Venn earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from Western Illinois University, a master’s degree in special education from the University of Kentucky and a doctorate in special education from the University of Illinois.
GEORGIA COLLEGE CREATES SCHOLARSHIPS
The 2013–2014 Georgia College Panhellenic Executive Board raised $10,000 to fund endowed scholarships for future female students at the university and $2,000 for annual scholarships.
When members of the Panhellenic Council held their ceremony this month to announce the scholarship, they never imagined the amount would be more than doubled, according to a statement from the school.
Georgia College President Steve Dorman delivered the surprise announcement that the Georgia College & State University Foundation provided a $10,000 match. Along with other funds, that created a total of $22,000 in scholarships.
The Panhellenic Scholarship funds will support scholarships for rising juniors and seniors who are members in good standing of a Georgia College sorority.
-- Staff reports