Model Elementary has won the 14th annual Academic Quiz Bowl for elementary schools. The competition is an intellectual battle between fifth-grade teams of Kaleidoscope students from Floyd County Schools. The 2016 Academic Quiz Bowl was held on Tuesday, March 8 at Berry College.
Model Elementary, coached by Angie Yancey, placed first with 480 total points; Armuchee Elementary, coached by Jessica Goss, finished a close second with 575 points; and Cave Spring Elementary, coached by Alicia Henson, placed third with a total of 355 points. Alto Park Elementary, Garden Lakes Elementary, Johnson Elementary, and Pepperell Elementary teams also participated in the academic competition.
The gifted competition was started 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 in math, science, vocabulary, spelling, trivia, literature and geography.The quiz bowl promotes academic growth in problem solving, critical thinking, communication 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 for the winners. McCall Govignon, director of advanced academic programs for Floyd County Schools, considers these events important for elementary and middle school participants. “The Academic Quiz Bowl gives these children the opportunity to display their skill and academic talent and prepares them to compete in academic decathlons at the high school level,” Govingnon said.