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CMS teams victorious in statewide competition

Myers Park and Ardrey Kell high schools excel in academic quiz bowl

By Elisabeth Arriero
earriero@charlotteobserver.com

Two south Charlotte schools took top honors over the weekend in the Twelve State Finals, hosted by the North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities.

During the competition in Winston-Salem, Myers Park High School finished first place in the high school division with a score of 67. The score was calculated after the Life Sciences, Literature, U.S. History, and World History rounds.

Ardrey Kell High School finished second with a score of 65. Third place went to Simon G Atkins Academic and Technology High School of Winston-Salem with a score of 60.

In the Twelve State Finals high school competition, up to 12 students per team answered questions on 12 topics. Coached by Chris Moran, the members of the state champion Myers Park Twelve are: Alex Antezana, Derek Fulton, Sri Sridharan, Jay Batchu, Shun-Wen Hsieh, Kristen Heritage, Yang Yue, Andy Kong, Bo Carlson, Hugh Wright, Jabe Christensen and Nilchil Kumar.

Robinson Middle School wins

In the middle school division, Jay M. Robinson Middle School placed first with 73 points.

Central Middle School of Gates County finished second with a final score of 60, while Rogers-Herr Middle School of Durham finished third with a score of 44.

The Twelve middle school competition tests student’s knowledge of 10 North Carolina counties. Robinson pulled ahead in the competition early on by winning three rounds: current events, state government and Buncombe County.

Coached by Brian Bongiovanni, the 11 members of the state champion Jay M. Robinson team are Parker Wallace, Aadithya Nair, Samhitha Sunkara, Ann Carter, Jackson Boatwright, Molly Murdock, Bryson Getz, Peter Chase, Jackson Dye, Sam Stewart and Matthew Harrill.

Twelve is the first of 13 competitions that will determine the best high school and middle school in the state. The NCASA Scholastic Cup and Middle School Cup presented by Time Warner Cable will be awarded to the high school and middle school with the best overall performance among the 13 major scholastic competitions in North Carolina.

For more information on Twelve and the NCASA, visit www.ncscholastic.org

Arriero: 704-777-7070; Twitter: @earriero
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