TODAY: Champions, again!

Clinton Middle wins State Academic Bowl competition

District 56 Superintendent Dr. David O'Shields reports the Clinton Middle School Academic Bowl team has won the State Championship.

Today, Academic Bowl teams from all over converged in Laurens (Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church) for the state competition. The CMS Team defeated Saluda Trail Middle School, 39-37, to win the State Championship. CMS also is State Champion of the SC Science Olympiad.

Team members: Jack Brent, Jaboree Brown, Grin Darden, Mason Gibbs, Aubrie Hartley, Grace Johnson, Leah Meana, Patrick Nelson, Delonte Simpson, Maren Vondergeest, Asheton Wilbanks and Gracie Wiggins. Coaches: Dr. Edith Ann Grant and Terri O'Shields. Statistician/bus driver: Hugh Pace.

PREVIOUS INFO in March 16 Clinton Chronicle (region championship):

Clinton Middle Achieves Second Academic First!


Not only did the Clinton Middle Science Olympiad Team achieve the first state championship in the school’s young history but the Clinton Middle Academic Team (known as The A-Team) won its first Western Piedmont Education Consortium (WPEC) Academic Bowl Tournament on March 7.

WPEC is a 12-district education consortium comprising districts in a nine county region. Teams from Newberry, Laurens, and Greenwood counties competed for the title of WPEC Champion.

The WPEC Academic Bowl Tournament celebrated its second year of competition this past week. As a result of winning the championship, the CMS A-Team will compete for the state championship on March 17 at Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church in Laurens.

The team’s first match was on Tuesday, Feb. 23, and they defeated Newberry Middle 32-14. In its second match of the day, the CMS A-Team lost to Sanders Middle 26-27.

Having their backs against the wall (in the double-elimination format tournament), Clinton Middle battled back to defeat Hickory Tavern 34-8 and Mid Carolina 24-23 on Feb. 25.

Realizing another defeat would end their season, the team exercised resiliency and an indefatigable determination on March 7. They gained a measure of revenge and redemption by defeating Sanders, 29-19, in the semifinals before facing undefeated Laurens Middle…a team they would have to defeat twice to win the title.

Behind a strong performance the CMS A-Team earned a hard-fought win in the first match, 24-19, and an equally competitive tussle in the second and championship game, 29-19. Fighting their way back from the losers’ bracket, the team showcased an unwavering resolve and fortitude against some outstanding competition.

Coach Terri O’Shields said, “This team makes me proud everyday. They work hard and they have fun doing it. They are a close-knit group supporting and complimenting each other academically and personally.”

Now in a span of little more than two months, CMS has earned not only the Science Olympiad state title but also WPEC Academic Bowl Champions. 



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