On Saturday, Jan. 10, Thomson Middle School played host for the regional competition of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Academic Bowl.
Ten teams participated in the event in which the teams are split into two divisions. From a random draw, the teams in each division played one another until the two top teams emerged after five rounds of competition. The winners from these matches advanced to the next level of competition.
In the first crossover match, St. Mary on the Hill Catholic School from Augusta narrowly defeated Evans Middle School. Meanwhile, in the second crossover match, Riverside Middle School edged Columbia Middle School to progress.
The competition was truly a schoolwide affair as the TMS FFA Club sold refreshments.
Jackson Reddick and Jamel Jones, under the direction of Steve and Dot Kay, were responsible for the concession sales.
Additionally, students from the 21st Century Community Learning Centers After-School Program assisted with the beautification efforts of the school grounds in preparation for the event.
Assisting with these efforts were Thomeshia Ruff, Kianna Hampton, Lakendria McCord, Jamel Murray, Jalecia Hill, Cortney Franklin, Tijuana Riley, and Zach Kennedy. Tim Pounds, B.J. Markley, and Steve Holbert helped prepare the competition rooms.
Readers and timers for the competition included: Thomson High School students Helen Hill and Christopher Watkins; Mary Grace Edmunds, McDuffie County Board of Education; Russell Gladden, Tasha Johnson, Shirley Keith, Christy Ferguson, and Lynn Cato, Thomson Middle School. Additional assistance was provided by TMS faculty member Jo Albert-Hill and parents Kay Holbert and Daisy Ansley.
Pictured, the Thomson Middle School Academic Bowl competitors for this contest were: (back row, l to r) Kenneth Loper, Jacob Ansley, Cody Adkins, Christopher Lindsey, (front row, l to r) J.T. Sherrer, Steve Holbert, Kalyn Kitchings, Jordan Lewis, Matthew McEver, and (not pictured) Christopher Kitchens. The team is coached by TMS teacher Julie Gerlach.