Firelands dominated the Middle School Academic Challenge, launched this year by the Educational Service Center of Lorain County.
Fifth- and sixth-graders, hailing from Firelands Elementary and South Amherst Middle School, took first place in their division. They defeated Avon Lake, Oberlin, and Midview in the finals held Dec. 6.
Seventh- and eighth-graders from SAMS topped Midview, Avon, and Vermilion competitors for first place in their division.
“The students learn how to work as a team and are quite competitive among their peers,” said Debbie Hunt, projects coordinator with the ESC. “They learn to win or lose gracefully and their confidence is built by answering questions in front of an audience, their peers and the challenge staff. I have enjoyed watching a lot of new friendships being made between school districts which is always a plus with any of these events. They all worked as a team and showed great respect for one another.”
A grant from the Endowment Foundation made it possible to purchase the buzzer systems needed for the challenge. These devices have hand-held buzzers and students buzzed in to answer toss-up questions.
Firelands team advisors were Chelsey Copley, Char Muth, and Valerie Schuster.