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Chamblee Wins 2016 PAGE Academic Bowl State Championship

Sunday, January 31, 2016  
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Chamblee Middle School Wins 2016 PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades State Championship


DeKalb County’s Chamblee Middle School, coached by John Donegan, Cathy Hirsch and Margaret Mitchell, is the 2016 PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades State Champion.  The team won the title at the PAGE (Professional Association of Georgia Educators) Academic Bowl for Middle Grades State Championship, held on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at the Georgia College & State University (GC&SU) Arts and Sciences Auditorium in Milledgeville, Georgia.


The State Championship competition began early in the day with 24 semi-finalist teams from across the state competing in a round-robin competition.  Eight teams emerged as finalists from that round of competition, and those teams competed against each other in the afternoon single-elimination competition session, with Chamblee Middle School’s academic bowl team winning top honors. All eight teams competing in the final rounds earned medals and awards.  Those teams are:  First Place and State Champion:  Chamblee Middle School, coached by John Donegan, Cathy Hirsch and Margaret Mitchell; Second Place:  Gwinnett County’s Five Forks Middle School, coached by Dennis Turnham and Angela Howell; Third Place:  Muscogee County’s Aaron Cohn Middle School, coached by Tracy Greenfield, Lisa Seegar and Rosie Cox; Fourth Place:  Columbia County’s Evans Middle School, coached by Ashley Bowles and Kathy Noyce; Fifth Place:  North Gwinnett Middle School, coached by Scott Johnson and Greg Dick; Sixth Place:  Columbia County's Stallings Island Middle School, coached by Deborah Hundt; Seventh Place:  South Forsyth Middle School, coached by Elizabeth Rushton; and Eighth Place:  Catoosa County’s Heritage Middle School, coached by Pam O'Keefe, Denie Pursley and Billie Carlock.


“To reach the state championship level of competition is an achievement, and each team should be proud of that accomplishment," said PAGE Foundation President John Varner. "All of us who had the privilege of seeing these young people compete today appreciate the months of study, training and hard work that each student did in order to participate in the state championship. Our congratulations go to the participants, their coaches, parents and school administrators, all of whom contributed to the success of each team. We would also like to thank GC&SU and the Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA) for hosting our competition at this outstanding university," Varner added.


This year’s competition was sponsored by PAGE, the PAGE Foundation, the Chick-fil-A Foundation and Georgia College & State University (GC&SU), with the Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA) serving as the host organization.  The PAGE Academic Bowl features teams of middle school students fielding questions on subjects ranging from Georgia history to mathematics, science, literature and the performing arts.  Opposing teams compete against the clock to answer toss-up and bonus questions in order to score points. The goal of the program is to inspire students to excel academically, to enhance student self-confidence and self-esteem through high achievement and to encourage both a team and competitive spirit.


Statewide, more than 1,500 students compete at the local, regional and state levels of the PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades.  As a 501(c)(3) organization, the PAGE Foundation supports PAGE, encouraging and receiving charitable gifts that advance the association's core business and PAGE Foundation programs such as PAGE STAR, PAGE Foundation scholarships, the PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades, the PAGE Georgia Academic Decathlon and PAGE TV. To learn more about the PAGE Foundation and to donate, please visit


Caption:  2016 PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades State Champion Chamblee Middle School team members and their coach were joined by presenters: (back row, l-r) PAGE Foundation President John Varner, Coach John Donegan, Ashley Veazey, Sam Grant, Carson Ankeny, Logan Durisch, Ethan Shi and PAGE Foundation Trustee and The Telegraph Editorial Page Editor Charles Richardson; and (front row, l-r) Co-captain Nevin Aresh, Shanru Xu, Co-captain Foster Cowan and Gunter Schroeder (not pictured, Coaches Cathy Hirsch and Margaret Mitchell).



The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE), the parent organization of the PAGE Foundation, is a statewide professional association of more than 90,000 teachers, administrators and support personnel members. PAGE provides professional learning to enhance competence and confidence, build leadership and increase student achievement, while providing the best membership, legislative and legal services and support.  

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