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Student readers continue success at regionals
Three teams advance to divisionals
0223 LCHS reading bowl
From left: Daniel Wiltshire, Brittany Mears, Felisha Burks, Scott Stroup, Dan Williams, Rachel Trawick, Jennifer Gaughran, Rachel Marque, Bethany Whitlock, media specialist/coach Kay Williams and co-coach Mary Anne Scanlon pose with Liberty County High Schools Southern Regional Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl trophy. Not pictured are Jaleel Menifee and coach Amy Rhoades. - photo by Photo provided.

The day was wet and overcast, but the glum weather did not put a damper on the Liberty County teams at the seventh annual Southern Regional Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl.
On Feb. 5, teams from Bradwell Institute, Liberty County High, Lewis Frasier Middle, Midway Middle, Joseph Martin Elementary and Waldo Pafford Elementary made the three-hour trip to compete at Valdosta State University.
Three Liberty County schools were among the first- and second-place teams that will advance to the Division II bowl Feb. 26 at Southeast Bulloch High School.
Joseph Martin Elementary represented the county with a first-place finish. Matilda Harris Elementary came in second, while Westside Elementary finished third.
At the middle-school level, Camden County earned first place, Midway Middle finished second and Lewis Frasier placed third.
Among high school teams, Liberty County finished first, Alfred Ely Beach High placed second and Sol. C. Johnson came in third.
The elementary and high schools participated in five rounds of competition for a total of 500 possible points. The middle schools participated in seven rounds for 700 possible points.
The teams showed mastery of the reading selections and demonstrated a keen understanding of the rules of the bowl, school officials said.
Other elementary schools that competed include Brittin and Crooked River.
Also competing at the middle-school level were JL Newbern, St. Mary’s, Thomas County, Valdosta Early College Academy and Valdosta.
Additional high schools competing included Colquitt County and Thomas County Central.

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