Bulldogs take on regional academic competitions — Wins in speech, writing, world affairs
- Published: February 14, 2019
Yellow Springs students brought home a variety of extra-curricular awards in the past week, in addition to the district’s athletic accomplishments.
Regional competitions in writing, debate and world affairs saw Bulldogs succeeding and placing well against larger schools and sometimes more experienced participants.
Power of the Pen
The McKinney Middle School eighth-grade Power of the Pen team has traditionally done well in regional and state competition.
The team most recently placed second, out of 17 teams, at the Western District tournament in Springfield on Saturday, Feb. 2.
Students also did well individually, with Olive Cooper earning the first-place writing award, besting all other eighth-graders competing in the tournament.
In addition, Sylvia Korson placed fourth and Dani Bieri came in 10th overall.
Qualifying participants will go on to compete in the Western regional tournament Saturday, March 9, at Wittenberg University, with winners there qualifying for the state competition in Wooster in May.
The team’s coaches are middle school language arts teacher Jaime Adoff and retired language arts teacher Aurelia Blake.
Speech and Debate
In the state-qualifying regional speech and debate tournament at Centerville High School on Saturday, Feb. 2, Yellow Springs sophomore Galen Sieck earned a spot in the Ohio-wide competition March 1–2 in Canton.
Sieck placed fifth out of 12 competitors in the Lincoln-Douglas debate category at the Greater Miami Valley District Tournament.
Named for the historical matchups of 19th-century presidential candidates Abraham Lincoln and Steven Douglas, the event pits participants one-on-one against a rival on a value-focused topic.
Last year, the local team’s first, Sieck qualified for the state novice competition.
The high school team is coached by Brian Housh.
Junior Council on World Affairs
In its second year at the high school under the guidance of history and government teacher Kevin Lydy, the Junior Council on World Affairs club competed Monday, Feb. 4, in the annual QuizBowl hosted by the Dayton Council on World Affairs at the University of Dayton.
Thirty-nine four-person teams from eight school districts participated in the annual event.
Yellow Springs fronted five teams of its own, placing second, seventh, ninth, 11th and 14th.
The second-place team — seniors David Walker, Dylan Rainey, William Gregor and Connor McAnerney — finished a slim three points shy of the first-place winners, from the Dayton STEM School, which will represent the Dayton region in the national competition in Washington, D.C, this spring.
Coach Lydy said that while teams are competing for a possible 100 points, most winning teams earn in the high 60s or low 70s. The winning team on Monday had 66 points.
“The questions are really difficult,” he said.