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June 1, 2014

Keep Calm and Genius On: Greater Clark County Schools host Elementary Academic Bowl

Riverside Elementary School crowned champions

JEFFERSONVILLE — A dolphin is swimming at 250 kph, the water is flowing at 150 kph, and it is trying to get to his destination 500 miles away. How long will it take it to get to its destination?

Minds of elementary school students from 10 schools in the Clark County area were put to the test answering questions like those Thursday in the 2014 Academic Bowl at Jeffersonville High School. The room was nearly at capacity with students, faculty and friends or relatives of the students who came out to watch the action.

Each elementary school created their own T-shirts. One team’s read “Keep Calm and Genius On.” Riverside Elementary School’s shirt read, “Rise to the occasion,” and it did — winning the competition and the title of 2014 Academic Champions.

Holly Brady, a fourth grader at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, said that she was excited for the competition and that her favorite subject is math.

“I think we had practiced for eight weeks,” she said.

Participating schools were Bridgepoint, New Washington, Northaven, Parkwood, Pleasant Ridge, Riverside, Thomas Jefferson, Utica and Wilson. Each Team had one or more volunteer coaches.

Michelle Dyer, principal at Pleasant Ridge Elementary School, said she was glad to help Jennifer Korfhage, principal at Thomas Jefferson Elementary, who coordinated the event.

She said that each school had a different way of selecting students that participated in the event.

“The questions we pick cover a variety of subjects, from math, science, social students and general interest topics, ” said Dyer, who emceed the event.

Georgia Reese, a fourth grader at Pleasant Ridge Elementary School, said she was ready for the whole completion, but particularly excited for the science portion.

“We had to take a test to participate,” she said. “Once we passed the test we were given a permission slip and once our parents signed it we got on the academic team.”

The questions were displayed on a large screen while students quickly worked individually, or in groups, to find the answer. The students worked in the middle of the gymnasium while being cheered on by the audience and fellow teammates. The team that buzzed in first with the correct answer received a point.

The students were given three opportunities to get the answer correctly. Not only did the answer have to be correct but they also had to be specific in the way they answered the question, making sure to label it correctly.

This year, Riverside Elementary School won the Academic Bowl and each student received a medal. The students also took back a plaque with them to hang at their school.

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