Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Academic Competition Season Is Underway

East Forsyth High English Team
Carver High 
We are going to begin posting the results of the Academic Competitions among the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County high schools. With that in mind, here’s an introduction to the program from Cheryl Wright, the Academic Competition Coordinator:

Cheryl Wright
The Academic Competition Program of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools provides an opportunity for academically-oriented students at the high schools to take part in an extra-curricular, inter-school competition. 

The intent of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is to provide recognition for academic achievement similar to that provided for athletic achievement.

Matches are held each Wednesday from November to February leading up to a three-round district tournament to determine the district champion.

Each Academic Competition match includes a round in each of five areas – English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, General Knowledge. A round consists of four sets of questions (one toss-up and two directed questions per set) in the subject area.

School letters are awarded to those Academic Competition team members who participate in at least two matches, attend at least six matches during the season, and regularly attend practices. 

At the end of the inter-school competition, the English, mathematics, science, social studies and general knowledge teams with the best win/loss record during the regular season will receive awards. In addition, the two teams with the best regular-season records will receive trophies. Trophies will be awarded to the schools that finish in first and second places in the District Final match. 

Officials support each match. The moderator and judge are based in the school system’s Administrative Office. The time keeper and score keeper are provided by the home team school.

The moderator is responsible for reading the questions, recognizing the team who wins the chance to answer a toss-up, verifying that all answers given are correct or given the correct answers. The judge will also complete a written report at the end of each match which verifies that all competition rules were followed and the reported score is correct. 

Good sportsmanship is expected of all participants at all times.

Sara Harmon, the school system’s Healthful Living Program Manager has served as a moderator for several matches. She had this to say to Rodney Bass, the principal at East Forsyth High:

“Rodney, it has been very enjoyable and rewarding to work a couple of the academic competitions at East Forsyth this year. The coaches and all of the students are very mature and respectful, and it has been my pleasure to get to come to your school!” 

Willette Nash, the Instructional Specialist of Multicultural Education, had this to say to Carol Montague-Davis, principal at Carver High: 

“I was at last night's Academic Competition preparing for my match next week. Carver came out strong in the English round, and picked it up strong in Social Studies and Science. Fabulous job!!! All my friends who are alums were so proud of the students as I posted the victory on social media. Great job!!!! We are rooting for Carver!!!”

Reagan High had the highest overall score for week 5.

At this point in the season, Atkins and Reagan are tied for No. 1 in English, with Mount Tabor and Reynolds right behind them. As of the last match, Mount Tabor is in the lead in General Knowledge. 

Carver High

Carver High

Carver High 

East Forsyth High Math Team

East Forsyth High Social Studies Team

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