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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Two Gwinnett teams advance in academic bowl

Four Academic Bowl teams emerged as winners from a field of 24 during the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Academic Bowl for Middle Grades Semifinals Competition earlier this month.

Gwinnett County's Duluth Middle School, coached by Linda Koch and Sylvia Barteaux, and North Gwinnett Middle School, coached by Scott Johnson and John Rhilinger, will compete in the final round of competition Feb. 13 at Georgia College & State University, along with Bibb County's Stratford Academy and Fulton County's Webb Bridge Middle School.

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. The questions are developed using the Georgia middle school curriculum.

Cheered on by coaches, parents and fellow students, team members answer toss-up and bonus questions to score points. The program inspires students to excel academically, boosts student self-confidence and self-esteem through high achievement and stimulates both a team and competitive spirit.

"Every year those involved in the semifinals round of Academic Bowl competition have the opportunity to observe these bright middle school students as they answer difficult questions, and at a lightning speed, on a variety of academic subjects," said PAGE Foundation President Tom Wommack. "I applaud the dedication, preparation and teamwork exhibited by these students, and I thank the coaches and parents who supported them in their efforts. We look forward to an exciting state finals competition in February."

The Semifinals Competition was sponsored by PAGE, the PAGE Foundation and Georgia College & State University, with the Collegiate Middle Level Association serving as the host organization.

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.