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7-8 academic team wins regionals


Seventh-, eighth-graders qualify for state academic meet
by Jon Dohrer
Kingston Public Schools
DALE — Another group of Kingston middle schoolers has qualified for state quiz bowl competition.
The Kingston seventh- and eighth-grade squad took first place in the Oklahoma Junior Academic Bowl Association Regional Tournament Saturday. The top-seeded Redskins went undefeated through four rounds of competition, qualifying for the state meet April 20 at Norman.
The win comes on the heels of the sixth- and seventh-graders' regional title two weeks before. That team will compete at state April 13.
Participating for the Kingston seventh- and eighth-grade squad were Brady Fox, Nick Mizell, Tanner Strecker, Samantha Fraize and Channing Turk, with Jamon Shipley serving as timekeeper.
Kingston defeated Madill in the opening round, before beating Clinton in the quarterfinals. The Redskins then defeated Jones in the semifinals and again in the finals
Sponsor Kelly Shipley said none of the matches were particularly close.
"They did just an awesome job," Shipley said. "That was probably our best played meet of the year."
Shipley said the students not only answered questions well, but also made good decisions about speed rounds and other aspects of the game. She said Mizell and Fox were the team's leading scorers, but all participants played well and contributed to the victory.