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South Forsyth Wins 2017 PAGE Academic Bowl State Championship

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Lynn Varner
PAGE Communications Department


January 22, 2017



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South Forsyth Middle School Wins 2017 PAGE Academic Bowl

for Middle Grades State Championship


South Forsyth Middle School claimed the top spot in the 2017 PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades State Championship competition.  The Forsyth County Schools team won the title at the PAGE (Professional Association of Georgia Educators) event on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, at the Georgia College & State University (GC&SU) Arts and Sciences Auditorium in Milledgeville, GA.


During the morning session of the event, 24 semi-finalist teams from across the state competed 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 South Forsyth Middle School’s academic bowl team winning top honors. The team members are Captain Ben Hempker, Rohan Desai, Aadi Karthik, Yugesh Muralidhar, Andy Zhang, Emily Zhang and Tom Ciaccia. The team is coached by Sharon Smith, Liz Rushton and Ashley Calloway.


All eight teams competing in the final rounds earned medals and awards.  Other award-winning teams include:  Second Place:  Muscogee County School District’s Aaron Cohn Middle School, coached by Rebecca Perez; Third Place:  Fulton County Schools’ River Trail Middle School, coached by Sarah Roberson, Scott Fowler, Gina Ceely and Ryan Woods; Fourth Place:  Atlanta Public Schools’ Inman Middle School, coached by Jessica Hughes and Nia Cannon; Fifth Place:  Richmond County’s (independent) St. Mary on the Hill Catholic School, coached by Donna Skidmore, Barbara Lewis and Debbie Fain; Sixth Place:  Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Hull Middle School, coached by Kristin Chelko; Seventh Place:  The Columbia County School District’s Evans Middle School, coached by Ashley Bowles and Kathy Noyce; and Eighth Place:  Cobb County School District’s Dodgen Middle School, coached by Stephen Hansard.


“It is always exciting to watch these outstanding academic bowl participants compete,” said Dr. Ann Stucke, PAGE Foundation president.  “All of us observing the competition can 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,” Stucke added.


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 develop both a team and competitive spirit. Statewide, more than 1,300 students competed at the local, regional and state levels of the PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades. This year’s competition was sponsored by PAGE and GC&SU, with the Collegiate Middle Level Association serving as the host organization.


The Professional Association of Georgia Educators honors outstanding students and educators and encourages academic excellence through competitive academic initiatives such as PAGE STAR, the PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades and the PAGE Georgia Academic Decathlon. 


Caption:  The 2017 PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades State Champion South Forsyth Middle School: (back row, l-r), Coach Sharon Smith, Yugesh Muralidhar, Andy Zhang, and PAGE Foundation President Ann Stucke, Ph.D.; and (front row, l-r) Emily Zhang, Team Captain Ben Hempker, Aadi Karthik and Rohan Desai (not pictured team member Tom Ciaccia and Coaches Liz Rushton and Ashley Calloway).


The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) is a statewide professional association of more than 92,000 educators, administrators and support personnel. PAGE provides professional learning to enhance competence and confidence, build leadership and increase student achievement while providing the best in membership, legal services and legislative support.


Professional Association of Georgia Educators
PO Box 942270
Atlanta, GA  31141-2270
770-216-8555 / 800-334-6861

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