The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl competitions for Cherokee County Schools were held for the middle and high schools on January 10, 2012 at Freedom Middle School. Woodstock MS won first place in the middle school competition, and Freedom MS placed second. The first-place winner of the high school competition was Etowah HS, and River Ridge HS came in second place.
The elementary competition was held at Freedom MS on January 17, 2012. Clayton ES won first place, and Arnold Mill ES came in second place.
The first and second place teams from elementary, middle and high school will compete at the District Regional Bowl on February 4, 2012 in Hall County.
The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is a reading competition open to teams of students in grades 4-12. Teams are required to read selections from the Georgia Peach Teen and Georgia Book Awards lists prior to competing in an academic bowl format.
Clayton ES: Stephanie Bradley, Joshua Lockhart, Cooper Phelps, Jalen Austin, Haley McCrink, Elisabeth Byess, Alli Cox, Eli Weatherby, Josh Vickers, Jonathan Bradley, Liberty Reilly, and James Perdue
Arnold Mill ES: Front row left to right: Brady Trego, Alex Valverde, Christianna Erb, Callie Goins, Cole Whitney, Claudia Nickell, Audrie Colunga, Katrina Brown; Back row left to right: Kerry Martin, Jane Morris, Jacquie Zaski
Woodstock MS: Jack Grisham, Principal Mark Smith, Dy’mond Henderson, Chris Mathis, Reesa Winters, Anna Weissel, Hadley Cottingham, Naudia Baisden, Zamaria Odom, Bree Murphy, Assistant Principal Joey Moss, Chloe Morrell, Coach Kim George and Coach Libby Schnaier
Freedom MS: Front row, kneeling, left to right: Abir Sharma, Logan Best, Casey Heidt, Emily Whittaker Back row, standing, left to right: Coach Allison Cook, Coach Pam Kirk, Coach Di Graves, Thomas Mathers, Matt Shear, Amber Miller, Rachel Heiter, Erin Lane, Paige Richards, Principal Karen Hawley
Etowah HS: Back Row Left to Right: Ashleigh Floyd, Zachary Jordan, Jamie Rule, Anila Manivannan, Patricia Gilman (Coach). Front Row Left to Right: Nichole Ferguson, Victoria Romero, Sydney McCann
River Ridge HS: L-R, top row: Coach Wendy Cope, Cassidy Amason, Lauren Diss, Heather Wiley, Sofia Awan, and Librarian Coach Keara Rubin; Bottom Row, L-R: Co-captains Zoe Moore and Maggie O'Bryant