Col. Crawford Academic Challenge in masks

Colonel Crawford's junior high Academic Challenge team is shown here during a competition.

NORTH ROBINSON – Throughout the school year, students at William Crawford Intermediate School have been competing as teams in Academic Challenge meets, answering questions about a wide range of topics including literature, fine arts, geography, history, math, and science.

Lori Carman coaches the 6th grade team and the 7th and 8th grade combined team.

“The students are divided into teams of 4,” said Carman, who is also the school counselor. “We typically have 2 to 3 teams competing at meets.”

Leanna Ferreira, coordinator of Academic Challenge and Gifted Consultant at Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center, said this year, out of an abundance of caution for the health of all involved, their meets are taking place virtually.

“Each team will gather in one room and connect with another team and the reader via Zoom in a virtual room to quiz,” Ferreira said.

Despite the difference in competition style, the Crawford teams have been meeting with success. In October, the 7/8 team competed in an Academic Challenge meet through the Mid-Ohio ESC and placed second. Last week, students competed through Mid-Ohio ESC, placing well once again.

The 6th grade team placed fourth and the 7/8 team placed second. Carman said they don’t just compete locally.

“We have also been doing some national competitions through Avery Enterprises where we compete against teams all over the country, and we have placed well in those competitions as well," Carman said. "We typically place in the top 15.”

Carman said the students enjoy showing off what they know.

“It is fun to see them shine in their various areas of expertise,” she explained. “I think they also like spending time with other students who have a lot of knowledge in a wide variety of subjects.”

Plus, students get much more than just the thrill of competition when participating.

“I believe that the students benefit by being able to expand their knowledge learning from each other,” Carman said. “It is also a way for them to gain confidence when they compete against much larger schools and are able to perform so well.”

She said students also learn teamwork and collaboration from building on each other’s strengths to enhance their overall performance.

Members of the 6th grade team are: Jaylee Kragh, Carson Rader, Lexi Rankin, Hadley Davis, Peyton Rowlinson, Colton Hopkins, Lily Malone, Luke Shields, Maelyn Webb, Owen Bland, and Dalton Rankin. The 7th and 8th grade team consists of Dylan Hipsher, Aden Spence, Jon Poland, Clara McCoy, Kohler Fuller, Lauren Esterline, Ashtyn Rickel, Rylie Hoepf, Sydney Stirm, Bailey Rossman, Ian Gonzales, Jacob Bickert, Lilia Suarez, Andrew Heinle, Braden Grau, Kamden Phelps, David Rike, Nathan McCartney, and Jack Agee.

Colonel Crawford Local Schools provides education to over 900 students from preschool through 12th grade. The district offers a curriculum with a wide range of electives and comprehensive courses of study in college preparatory, vocational and physical education programs. The district’s mission is to enable students to grow academically and socially by providing a safe, positive and challenging learning environment.

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