The Robert Cross Magnet Middle School will compete in Milledgeville January 26 for the state Academic Bowl Championship. The Robert Cross Team and associated faculty members are left to right: Ethelene Kimber, (advisor); Ryan Thomas, Myles Sejour (team co-captain); John Burnam, Kevin Sejour, Talyia Griffin, Ikenine Ochie, Mauricio Recendez, Joel Felton, Scott Dawson, Yi Jian Ma (team captain), Joshua Breasette, Shannon Moseley, David Moseley (superintendent), Sammie Pringle (principal).
ALBANY, Ga. -- Members of the Academic Bowl team at Robert A. Cross Middle Magnet School are getting ready for their shot at a state championship.
After placing third in December's local competition, the 15-member team came from behind to win the Region 9 title on Jan. 12.
Because of a change in format, the state contest this year will combine semifinal and final competitions, Academic Bowl officials say. The competition will take place on Sept. 26 at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville.
The statewide Academic Bowl, which is in its 29th year, is presented by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators.
"This is a change for us as well," Robert Cross Principal Sammie Pringle said. "It will be the first time we've competed for the state middle school title, although we did compete nationally in 2011 and 2012."
According to Pringle, the school then competed in national Quiz Bowl tournaments and expects to be there in 2013 as well. Quiz Bowl competitions are separate contests.
According to PAGE, 24 regional teams will compete in a round-robin format with eight teams emerging as winners. Those teams will go head to head in an afternoon single-elimination competition session, with the undefeated team named state champion.
Teams of middle school students will answer questions on subjects ranging from Georgia history to mathematics, science, literature and the performing arts. Questions are developed using the Georgia Performance Standards as well as classroom textbooks as guides. According to PAGE officials, there will also be tossup and bonus questions to score additional points. The program is intended to inspire students toward academic excellence and to boost self-confidence and self-esteem through high personal and team achievement.
"We're a young team," said Ethelene Kimber, advisor to the Robert Cross team, "but we came from behind to win the regional competition, and we hope we can bring something back from Milledgeville."
Additional Robert Cross coaches are Karla Anderson, Barbara Collier and Jann Lockhart.