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Savannah Art Academy Got the ticket to Compete in Global Quiz Bowl Competition

Savannah Arts Academy Quiz Bowl team participated in the Knowledge Master Open 200 and placed 39th out of 551 schools from all over the world. Among the four Georgian quiz bowl teams participated in the competition, Art Academy placed third. Walton High and Duluth High Schools scored first and two consistently among the four teams. The top two Academies from Georgia consist of more than 2000 students.

This tournament was the entry opportunity for the global competition. Usually quiz bowl tournament is organized face to face but this particular tournament was an exception. In the Knowledge Master Tournament participants were given a CD of timed questions that had to be answered on computers.

The results given to the computer by the participants then were compiled and after examined the officials have declared the rankings of the institutions based on their performance at the competition. Savannah Art Academy team with an amazing performance scored 39th position.

Just take a look back on Savannah Art Academy. There was no quiz bowl team in this institution just four years ago. The board of directors appointed Del Scott then but there was none who took part in the quiz bowl game. But they had one thing, a will to go. There were many interested students who were willing to give it a try. The effective care of coach and hard work of the students have made the whole thing possible.

In September the Academy organized a try-out for the interested students. They students were given 50 questions. That’s the start and they never had to look back. In November they visited Bleckley High School in Cochrane, competed there and ranked second among 30 Georgian schools.

Need a Change of Policy for Academic Competitions

Students who are good in extracurricular activities might soon see the same backing up in the field of athletics. The Richmond school district is setting the example and sent a report the Board of Education with a request for funding students in the potential area where they are able to perform. The report seeks to combine the two policies regarding funding for academics and funding for athletics.

For interscholastic athletic competitions there is budget in Richmond but for provincial academic competitions there is no budget. Students who qualify this competition get nothing compared to interscholastic athletic competitions. Grace Tsang, trustee of Richmond School wrote these facts on his report to Board of Education. As a result of it, the district allow to have a common policy to favor both activities equally and create a standardize process to nourish the potential.

This idea of equality was brought to the committee’s attention by Cambie secondary’s robotic design program. Last year, three teams qualified for the World Robotics Competition in Orlando, Florida. Therefore they had to make a trip to the venue in Orlando but the district was unable to fund them with sufficient money.

The proposal of funding the academic competitions is only for a policy change, so there is no demand of a raise. For instance, current funding model for athletics covers accommodation, registration and travel costs as items eligible for reimbursement. But the new policy will only cover registration and teacher replacement costs. That means those participating in athletic competitions could see a minor decrease in funding, while those in academic contests will receive money they hadn’t seen before.

Tsang hopes this proposal will come with benefits. Extracurricular funding can help students enormously, it will meet their basic needs and they find ways follow other aspect of life.

Quiz Bowl: Benefits all around

Quiz Bowl is played by the students enrolled in school and colleges. Now-a-days, there’s hardly any person who doesn’t know about this game. In short, it’s a game of answering questions where the student can get benefited in various ways. They need to study in different subjects and it helped them by increasing study and memorizing skills and expanding their skills through creative works. This is the main reason for almost all well reputed schools and colleges arrange this sort of programs in a regular basis.

Quiz bowl is an exciting game also this game is mater of learning. Learning about something new is a real fun. So you can see the knowledge of the students increases tremendously because they have to be at the process of learning.

Quiz bowl develops listening skills as some clues may be missed if some don’t listen properly. So all the players carefully listen through the entire game, as a result they become attentive and good listeners.

Students who love to being challenged, this highly competitive game is real fun. Not everyone in your campus plays football, baseball or basket ball but with this game everyone can have the real taste of competition.

The ability of faster thinking is a great essential to be succeeded in professional life. Quiz bowl is a game of quick thinking. The player must be quick in thinking of innovative stuffs while playing the game and therefore, their ability increases tremendously.

Quiz game feedback is immediate, real-time and visceral. There is no need to wait where other academic competitions need the students to be participated in a test and then they have to wait to get the results.

The students need to have an excellent balanced team in order to do well in the quiz game which teaches them to be united. They learn about the importance of good team work.