MANSFIELD – During the last week of October, Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center was proud to host opening Academic Challenge competitions in the new virtual format.
Students competed as teams, answering questions about a wide range of topics including literature, fine arts, geography, history, math, and science.
On Monday, Oct. 26, eight districts competed in a scrimmage as a “soft start” to the 2020 High School Fall League Competition. The first league night was Nov. 2 with two additional dates to follow. A league Varsity and Junior Varsity winner is anticipated to be announced on Nov. 23.
On Tuesday, Oct. 27, two districts, Crestview and Plymouth-Shiloh, with a total of six teams of 5th and 6th graders participated in a fully virtual “Throwback Tournament.” Leanna Ferreira, Gifted Student Consultant and coordinator of the Academic Challenge meets, said the kids adapted quickly.
“As the tournament moved on everyone became more comfortable and tech savvy, such that our rounds became increasingly faster and we ultimately completed five rounds in the anticipated amount of time.”
Plymouth-Shiloh A was the first place team with members Rylie Edwards, Kaden Caughenbaugh, Kansas Huston, Katlyn Swingle, and Addison Slone. Crestview A was the second place team with Drew Ramsey, Kennedy Lehman, Allison Volz, Deryn Moore, Maycee Tackett, and Jess Ames.
On Wednesday, Oct. 28, three districts with a total of eight teams of 7th and 8th graders participated in a tournament like their younger counterparts the day before. Colonel Crawford had two teams, one winning second place. Crestview had four teams, including the first place team, and Lexington had 2 teams.
For this tournament, Lexington elected to bring their teams and reader to Mid-Ohio ESC where they were hosted while participating in the fully virtual tournament.
The first place team was Crestview A with Leah Smith, Mia Humrichouser, Liam Kuhn, Keith Abshire, Drew Spoerr, and Kaleb Horsley. The second place team was Colonel Crawford B with members Jon Poland, Koehler Fuller, Dylan Hipsher, Kamden Phelps, Andrew Heinle, and Ian Gonzales.
“I consider this first round of virtual Academic Challenge Tournaments a huge success," Ferreira said. "Not only did students quickly adapt to the virtual buzzers and online format, but they were fully engaged! We are looking forward to hosting more districts and teams starting in January for grades 4 through 8.
“I was cautiously optimistic about this new format going into the tournaments and following these events I am excited and relieved that my optimism was well-placed and that the tournaments went so well and nearly seamlessly.”
Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center provides specialized academic and support services to 10 school districts and over 17,000 students in Crawford, Morrow and Richland Counties. Client districts receive services from curriculum, gifted and special education consultants, speech pathologists, psychologists, special education teachers, occupational therapists and physical therapists.