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Liberty students in reading bowl
Bradwell Institute’s Team: in back row, Natalie Sharp, Ron Barnes, Brittani Ford, Tyrique Golphin; in front, Samantha O’Neal, Jada Donald, Susan Mason, Kiana Brown and Erina Veliz - photo by Photo provided.
With help from Liberty County School System faculty, a passion for reading also meant an academic competition, the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, for students.
Interested elementary and middle and high school students read selections from approved lists. Students in the fourth and fifth grade can qualify. Students also work as a team to create questions to review books and prepare for the bowl by scrimmaging.
The middle and high school student teams participated in the Liberty County Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl on Jan. 27 at the board of education office. Principals and parents attended to root for their school’s team.
The first place middle school team was Midway Middle. It was coached by media specialist Cristina Dover. Lewis Frasier Middle’s team took second place, coached by Sharon Dunham.  
Liberty County High won first place on its level. LCHS was coached by Kay Williams, media specialist. Teacher Sarah Hein was assistant coach. Bradwell Institute’s team took second, coached by Diana Clark, the media specialist. Her assistant was teacher Deborah Starkey.
The elementary bowl was on Jan. 29. Every elementary school was represented and had support from principals and parents, filling the board room.
Joseph Martin won. Elaine Walker, media specialist, was the coach, assisted by Elaine Dasher, Rose Mack and Rebecca Smith.
Button Gwinnett placed second. Tory Baker, media specialist, was the coach, assisted by Anttonia Hofmann, paraprofessional.
Each first and second place team advanced to a regional bowl at Valdosta State University last week. Results from it were not reported. After the regional bowl, winning teams advanced to a divisional bowl, and then the Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl.
Both Joseph Martin Elementary and LCHS have attended previous state competitions.
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