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Rock Hill runs table at annual quiz bowl

THE TRIBUNE/JESSICA ST JAMES Rock Hill Middle School students competed against Symmes Valley.

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Rock Hill Middle School students competed against Symmes Valley.

Editor’s note: Selected questions from the quiz bowl in bold.

The answer is zero. The question is how many times did the Rock Hill team lose on its way to winning the annual Lawrence County Middle School Quiz Bowl Tournament on Tuesday in the Bowman Auditorium at Ohio University Southern.

(Q: Who wrote “Robinson Crusoe”? A: Daniel Defoe)

“We are very excited,” Trena Haynes, coach of the Rock Hill quiz bowl team, said after the Redmen secured a spot in the final. “We didn’t make it to the final last year.”

(Q: What is the largest hot desert in the world? A: The Sahara)

Rock Hill came into the tournament ranked second behind regular season champion Symmes Valley coached by seventh-grade reading and language teacher and gifted intervention specialist Dreama Ash-Anderson, who was named regular season outstanding coach.

(Q: The Supreme Court Case Gibbons v. Ogden took place in what state? A: New York)

At the middle school level, quiz bowl is a competitive, academic, interscholastic activity for which players attend periodic practices and then represent their school at tournaments. Those tournaments may be based on the school’s athletic conference, school district, county, or state; they may also be open to all comers.

THE TRIBUNE/JESSICA ST JAMES Symmes Valley Middle School students Nat Harmon, John Higgins, Hunter Humphreys, Britney Dement and Taylor Mullins competed against Rock Hill Middle School.

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Symmes Valley Middle School students Nat Harmon, John Higgins, Hunter Humphreys, Britney Dement and Taylor Mullins competed against Rock Hill Middle School.

(Q: What name is given to a group of cells of the same kind? A: Tissue)

Quiz bowl questions range over the spectrum of the middle school curriculum and include a certain amount of current events, sports and popular culture. The matches feature a blend of individual competition and team collaboration. Quiz bowl can reinforce classroom lessons and also encourage players to go beyond their assignments to master other areas as well, according to the website for the National Academic Quiz Tournaments. Tournament competition is a major aspect to a school’s quiz bowl program.

(Q: The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit take place in what fictional universe? A: Middle-Earth)

Dawson-Bryant advanced by eliminating Ironton in the quarterfinals, which set up a semifinal match against two-time defending tournament champion St. Joe.

(Q: Who was the first person to describe gravity after watching an apple fall from a tree? A: Sir Isaac Newton)

THE TRIBUNE/JESSICA ST JAMES “Give me liberty or give me death,” says St. Joseph student Jon Cade on Tuesday as he completes the statement by founding father Patrick Henry during the annual quiz bowl competition against South Point Middle School.

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“Give me liberty or give me death,” says St. Joseph student Jon Cade on Tuesday as he completes the statement by founding father Patrick Henry during the annual quiz bowl competition against South Point Middle School.

“Just win,” Jon Cade, St. Joe seventh-grader said as he prepared to join his team on stage. “That’s what’s going through my head right now.”

(Q: What American children’s novelist wrote Johnny Tremain? A: Esther Forbes)

Dawson-Bryant defeated St. Joe and went on to the championship match against Rock Hill. To win the double-elimination tournament, Dawson-Bryant would have had to defeat Rock Hill twice in the final.

(Q: What is the value of 16/20 in lowest terms? A: 4/5)

“It’s very competitive and the kids need this,” Haynes said. “It’s always a fun day.”