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The 2023 Academic Challenge Results for Middle School Students

Sixth graders Noah Greene, James Zhuang, Loudon Russell, Roy Melrose, Mackenzie Vick, and Casey Howard from the winning Wooster A team.

Mansfield, OH (February 3, 2023) –  Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center was proud to host the Middle School Academic Challenge Leagues in person. Students in fourth through eighth grade started off the 2023 Academic Challenge season in January and February, meeting on January 10th and 11th and February 1st and 2nd. Students competed as teams, answering questions about various topics, including literature, fine arts, geography, history, math, and science. MOESC wants to congratulate all competitors, especially the winners, for each tournament.

Academic Challenge Coordinator Leanna Ferreira said, “It was a smooth start, which is a tribute to all of the work our district’s coaches and students have put in over the past several months. We are looking forward to the remaining tournaments and continuing to see the level of competition increase.

On January 10th, sixth graders tested their knowledge at the Academic Challenge. Incredibly, the top nine teams were only separated by 15 points. The two highest-ranking teams were from Wooster and Colonel Crawford schools. The Wooster A winners consist of Noah Greene, James Zhuang, Loudon Russell, Roy Melrose, Mackenzie Vick, and Casey Howard. Olivia Moore, Corbin Channel, Finley Rowlinson, Brynsley Kitchin, and Mika Suarez were the champions of the Colonel Crawford C team. 

On January 11th, seventh and eighth grade students competed in the Academic Challenge. A total of 35 teams participated from the local school districts of Ashland, Colonel Crawford, Crestview, Lexington, Madison, Mansfield, Mount Gilead, Northmor, Northwestern, Ontario, Plymouth-Shiloh, Sacred Heart, Saint Mary's, Saint Peter's, Shelby, Tiffin, and Wooster. The two teams that triumphed were Crestview A and Colonel Crawford B. Colonel Crawford's Lexi Rankin, Jaylee Kragh, Seamus Comerford, Dalton Rankin, and Owen Bland ranked number one with 95 points. Not far behind, Crestview A students Zoe Kuhn, Carter Blum, Hudson Stacy, Drew Ramsey, and Titus Kelley scored 91 points. 

On February 1st, the fourth graders from Colonel Crawford, Crestview, Lexington, Mansfield, Northmor, Ontario, Plymouth, Sacred Heart, Saint Peter's, Shelby, and Wooster took part in the Academic Challenge. After six rounds of competition, Lexington Central's Emily S., Monte C., Ben M., and Archer T. took the win with a total of 115 points. In 2nd place, Nick Parker, Eric Martin, William Voss, Benny Maibach, and Drew Sexton from the Wooster Kean team scored 98 points. 

On February 2nd, fifth graders impressed at the Academic Challenge. Twenty-three teams battled for the championship title, leaving no student behind. Lexington A scored the highest total of 114 points. A big congratulations to the team members Carter G., Aaron H., David S., and Coulter S. Only eight points behind Lexington, the runner-up was Crestview C's team Isla Derr, Camden Keener, Elianna Kelley, and Cruz Ramsey. 

Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center provides specialized academic and support services to 11 school districts and over 18,000 students in Crawford, Morrow and Richland Counties. Client districts receive services from curriculum, gifted and special education consultants, speech pathologists, psychologists, special education teachers, occupational therapists and physical therapists.

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