West Georgia RESA Competition

Coweta sweeps regional Academic Team event

by Staff Reports

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Arbor Springs Elementary School won first place at the West Georgia RESA Academic Team Competition recently. Members of the region champion team included, from left, Logan Matthews, J.T. Fields, Andrew Waldrip, Mason Takvorian, William Poindexter and Rebecca Caylor. The team is coached by Bobbi Deling and Carla Dickerhoff.

Three Coweta County elementary schools ended this year’s Academic Bowl season at the top of the region, taking first, second and third place in the regional finals of the West Georgia RESA Academic Team competition recently.

Arbor Springs won the annual event, which hosts schools from five counties and six schools districts. Brooks took second place and Thomas Crossroads third place in the competition, held at Mt. Zion Elementary School in Carroll County.

West Georgia RESA is the sponsor of the Academic Team Program, with regional competitions including schools from Coweta, Carroll, Harris, Heard, Meriwether, Troup, and Carrollton City. In all, the region is comprised of 44 schools divided into four divisions. Schools with good standing in their divisions attend the regional finals competition.

Several elementary schools from Coweta County were among the 16 teams from the region that qualified for the finals. Arbor Springs, Atkinson, Brooks, Eastside, Glanton, Moreland, Northside, Thomas Crossroads and Welch Elementary Schools traveled to Mt. Zion for the event.

“I was very proud of my students,” said Arbor Springs REACH teacher Bobbi Deling, who coaches the Arbor Springs team along with teacher Carla Dickerhoff. “They worked hard all year long, starting with practice in September. Our students faced some pretty tough competition in Mt Zion and performed very well during several close rounds.”

Coweta County Academic Bowl teams are comprised of fourth and fifth grade students, with some schools including third graders. Teams are formed and begin practice each fall.

The elementary academic bowl season consists of three regular-season meets at which teams play three rounds of 20 questions each. The questions cover different categories such as math, science, social studies, English grammar, literature and geography. Points are accumulated throughout the three meets and the four highest-scoring teams in each division participate in the final competition.

“In addition to the students, many others are involved with the academic teams and should be congratulated for their hard work,” Deling said. “Team coaches and parents work diligently in supporting the students and spend numerous hours helping the team get ready with practices before and after school in addition to working at home studying before the meets.”


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