Jackson County School System teams led the ticket in Augusta Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, taking top honors in the East Region round of the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl.
West Jackson Middle School led the way with first place for total points, followed by Gum Springs and North Jackson elementary schools, in second and third place, respectively.
The top two teams advance to the Division 2 contest, set for March 3 in Statesboro, with their eyes on the state prize, which will be awarded during the 49th annual Conference on Children’s Literature, set for March 23-24 in Athens.
The NJES team was competing for the first time in the event; their t-shirts read, “The Book was Better.” Team members include Jonah Sheridan, Katherine Ratliff, Alan Valenzuela, Emily Jones, Yazmine Pittman, CJ Adams, Annie Harris.
GSES team members, whose t-shirts read “Born to Read,” are Emerson Wright, Allie Hanley, Maci Martin, Ella Cobb, and Julia Crowthers.
The GSES team won the state title in 2016, and several members of the current WJMS team were part of that group.
The middle schoolers’ shirts read “Bookmarks are for Quitters,” and team members include David Bennett, Abigail Schwindt, Syon Schlect, Will Stevens, Kellen Salom, Kendall Brown, and Abey Martin.
The event is open to fourth- through 12th-graders across the state. Elementary and middle school students must read the current Georgia Children’s Book Award nominees; high school students read the current nominees for Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers.
The competition consists of six round of 10 questions each that deal with the themes and details of the books, with first- through third-places awarded at each level.