Alto Park Elementary has taken top honors in the 2014 Academic Quiz Bowl in the elementary division for Floyd County Schools. Alto Park is the repeat champion having won the title last year. Alto Park also won three consecutive years in a row between 2008 and 2010. The Academic Quiz Bowl is a county-wide academic competition that was held on Monday, March 3 at Shorter University.
The elementary competition was started 13 years ago to bring all Floyd County gifted students together to compete in academics. Fifth-grade gifted students in Floyd County Schools participate in the elementary division. The students compete in academic areas of math, science, vocabulary, spelling, trivia, literature, and geography.
Alto Park Elementary placed first in the competition with 555 total points, Johnson Elementary finished second with 540 points, and Armuchee Elementary finished third with 535 points.
The quiz bowl competitions promote student academic growth in problem solving, critical thinking, communication skills, and advanced research skills. The activities also promote leadership and provide motivation for students to excel in academics. The quiz bowls are local school system events with no region or state competitions. McCall Govignon, director of advanced academic programs for Floyd County Schools, considers this type of academic program important for elementary and middle school children. “Academic competitions give these children the opportunity to shine and display their talents," Govignon said. "The academic event also prepares students to participate in academic decathlon competitions in high school.”
The Alto Park team members were: Breelie Baker, Kendell Pewitt, Brayden Hamilton, Braden Pelfrey, Madalyn Shell, Kyra Mabry, Michael Fuller, Lizbeth Cruz, J.D. Packer, and Daisy Packer. The team was led by Alto Park Kaleidoscope teacher, Judy Roebuck.
The Middle School Quiz Bowl for sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students will be held tomorrow at Shorter University.