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TAG students get Quiz Bowl preview

Talented and gifted students at four Lawrence County Middle Schools got a preview of a competition that allows them to use their knowledge to win.

A fifth/sixth Grade TAG Quiz Bowl Tournament took place on Friday at Ohio University Southern, organized by the Lawrence County Educational Services Center.

Rock Hill, Chesapeake, Symmes Valley and Dawson-Bryant students took part in the event, which was similar to the regular competition Quiz Bowl that begins in seventh grade.

“But this is specifically a TAG Quiz Bowl event,” Julie Walters, student services coordinator for the Lawrence County Educational Service Center, said. “The format is not exactly the same as high school.”

Walters said the purpose of the event was to give the students a chance to see what a competition is like.

“Some of these students will go on to play in high school and some may choose not to,” she said. “But this is just to get the kids motivated and show them. The buzzers are a whole art to use and this just gets them into their hands and gets them used to that.”

The Lawrence ESC sponsors two tournaments at OUS each school year, the middle school competition, just after New Year’s and the high school IronMaster event, which take place during OUS spring break.

After a few hours of single elimination competition play, Rock Hill’s team, consisting of Sophie Mootz, Megan Wroblewski, Sam Simpson, Victor Day, Dominic Dixon, Sydney Hairston, Kyle Scott, Andrew Medinger and Lucian Heaberlin and coached by Trena Hayes, emerged as the winner of Friday’s event, defeating second place Chesapeake, 220-210.