EHS academic team going to regional meet

FIRST PLACE — The Edison High School academic competition team scored a first-place finish during the Jefferson County Academic Competition League Tournament held in February at Eastern Gateway Community College and advance to the regional event in Akron in April. Team members are, front from left, Nathan Cain, Damon Bonar, Ryan Laverick and Candace Marcus; and back, Nick Crawford, Joe Ash, Kyle Willison, Nathan Mizell and Gracie Phillips, with adviser James Evans.

RICHMOND — The Edison High School academic competition team is planning a trip to regional competition next month.

The team led the Jefferson County Academic Competition League Tournament on Feb. 24 and faced off against more than a half-dozen other teams at Eastern Gateway Community College.

Team members include senior Candace Marcus; juniors Joe Ash, Damon Bonar, Nathan Cain, Nick Crawford, Ryan Laverick, Nathan Mizell and Kyle Willison; and freshman Gracie Phillips.

Adviser James Evans said the group has been runners-up for the past two seasons. Their last tournament win was in 2005.

“The regional competition is on April 21 and the likely location is at Cloverleaf High School outside Akron,” Evans said. “Academic competition is a quiz bowl format that covers 10 major topics, such as American literature, math, world history, fine arts, life science, English literature, U.S. government, physical science, world geography and U.S. history. The team members practice on their own, constantly quizzing each other with old questions, and they usually meet once a week after school.”

The team participated in six matches this year and has a record of 5-1. Evans said they are getting ready for their next event.

“I am very excited for these kids. Most of them started with me when they were freshmen,” he said. “We kind of learned the ropes together and now they are very motivated to improve and continue to win. It has been wonderful to see how they have grown in the past few seasons.”