Minford and Piketon schools won Large and Small School Divisions, respectively, at the Southern Ohio Academic Competition Tournament on March 8 at Shawnee State University.
Teams from Clay, East, Green, New Boston, Notre Dame, Oak Hill, Piketon, and South Webster High Schools competed for the title of Small School Division Champions, while Jackson, Minford, Northwest, Portsmouth, Valley, Rock Hill, West, and Wheelersburg High Schools competed for the title of Large School Division Champions. This was a double-elimination tournament with each school playing a minimum of two matches. Each round consists of questions in the following categories: American Literature, Mathematics, World History, Fine Arts, Life Sciences, World Literature, U.S. Government, Physical Sciences, Geography and U.S. History, as well as an “Alphabet Round” (where all answers begin with the same letter of the alphabet) and a Lightning Round which consists of questions from all categories.
The Tournament was hosted by the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center and Shawnee State University. Moderators for the event were Angel King, Cathy Mullins, Tanner Salyers, Marcia Tackett, Dr. Darrell Rudmann, Jeremy Duncan, Chris Shaffer and Cullen Harris.
The Piketon High School team, coached by Olivia Day, emerged as the Small School Division Champions. Green High School, under the leadership of John Biggs, took the Runner-up title. The Large School Division Championship was won by Minford High School, led by Coach Brett Oakes. The Runner-up title went to Valley High School and their coach, Randy McClay.
Piketon and Minford High Schools will now advance to the Regional Competition to be held at Shawnee State University on Saturday, April 21.