October 17, 2018

HES Triumphs at RESA Academic Bowl Championship

2015 West Georgia RESA District Champions - Front (L-R): Jacob Cabe, Sam Grizzard, Andrew Rogers, Nate Pike, Brianna Hill - Second Row (L-R): Luke Mitchell, Ethan May, Jayde Cook, Marybeth Brown - Back Row (L-R): Coach Loretta Shaw, Mayah Jones, Coach Sheri Phillips

2015 West Georgia RESA District Champions – Front (L-R): Jacob Cabe, Sam Grizzard, Andrew Rogers, Nate Pike, Brianna Hill – Second Row (L-R): Luke Mitchell, Ethan May, Jayde Cook, Marybeth Brown – Back Row (L-R): Coach Loretta Shaw, Mayah Jones, Coach Sheri Phillips

(Villa Rica, GA) — The Heard Elementary School Academic Bowl team outsmarted all of the competition during the 2015 West Georgia RESA District Academic Bowl Finals hosted Thursday afternoon by Ithaca Elementary School in Villa Rica.

The HES team of 10 students outlasted 44 other teams during the season as well as 15 other teams at the finals en route to the first district championship in school history.

HES defeated three Coweta County schools during the final rounds but still needed to hold their collective breaths as the overall winner was determined based on the aggregate scores of all three rounds of the competition.

Coach Loretta Shaw’s team scored 820 total points to edge Creekside Elementary (800 points) from Harris County.

Elm Street Elementary (790 points) and Moreland Elementary (760 points) rounded out the top four.

Shaw was very proud of her team that not only won the championship, but went undefeated during the entire season — winning versus all 12 opponents they faced.

“I am really proud of these boys and girls — they came together as a team and played together as a team all season,” said Shaw after Thursday’s finals. “We will really miss our fifth grade team members that we will lose next year.”

One of the biggest losses for the team next year will be the team captain Nate Pike, the captain of the squad during all 12 rounds they competed in this season.

“We wouldn’t have been able to make Heard County history tonight without Mrs. Shaw and Mrs. Phillips (Sheri) coaching us the whole way there,” said Pike. “It was amazing to be part of that! We practiced for two days per week for many months. It was all worth it. I was honored to be the captain.”

The Heard team was not alone at the meet as a host of friends and family made the trip to Ithica Elementary to cheer them on. Standing room only crowds following the team as they moved from classroom to classroom for each round.

Brianna Hill, Nate Pike, Ethan May, and Sam Grizzard competed in the first round 300-190 victory over Arbor Springs.

In round two, the combination of Pike, Grizzard, Marybeth Brown, and Luke Mitchell defeated Moreland 280-210. The round three 24–110 win over Northside featured Andrew Rogers, Jacob Cabe, Pike, and Grizzard.

Other team members included Mayah Jones, Jayde Cook, and assistant coach Sheri Phillips.

Only the top four regular season finishers from each division were invited to Thursday’s finals which consisted of three rounds of competition versus random opponents. HES entered the finals as the winner of the Southern B District.

During each round, the opposing teams of four students are asked to answer 20 toss-up questions worth 10 points each. For every toss-up question answered correctly, a team is given the chance to earn up to 20 bonus points by answering two additional questions.

The judging at Academic Bowls can be very meticulous as several competitors found out during one particular question in round one. Players were deemed wrong when they answered “noodles” and “pasta” instead of the accepted correct answer of “spaghetti.”

Questions were asked relating to subjects such as math, science, social studies, English grammar, sports, literature and geography.

Elementary academic bowl teams are comprised of 4th and 5th grade students, with some schools admitting 3rd graders onto the teams.

Teams are formed and start practicing in the fall. The elementary academic bowl season consists of the three regular season meets as well as the finals.

West Georgia RESA is the sponsor of the Academic Team Program and the district is comprised off 45 member elementary schools from seven different school districts including Coweta County, Carrollton City, Troup County, Carroll County, Haralson County, Harris County, and Meriwether County.

 

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