3/26/14 Local students compete in Current Events Challenge
Scott Muthersbaugh / Times-News
Team members from the Hawbridge School answer a question Tuesday as teams from other schools watch during the Current Events Challenge at St. Mark’s Church in Burlington.
Local students compete in Current Events Challenge
By Natalie Allison Janicello The Times-News 3/26/14
Reprinted with permission.
Eager to absorb knowledge on current events, local high school students spent hours poring over the Times-News — if only for a week.
In teams of three, the students represented eight high schools from around Alamance County and competed in the second-annual Current Events Challenge, a competition to determine which team has stayed the most up-to-date with the past week’s news.
Questions were written by managing editor Jay Ashley and came from stories found in the Times-News from March 18 to 24.
This year’s winning team was Southern Alamance, with Eastern Alamance coming in as runner-up.
“We did it last year, so we knew what to focus on,” said Allyson Patterson , a member of the winning team from Southern. “We took notes.”
Patterson, along with teammates Jacy Kirkpatrick and Davis Kappert, each took a section of the newspaper to read each day and wrote notes as they read stories.
Kappert said he is used to glancing at the front of the Sports section each morning as he eats breakfast, but Patterson and Kirkpatrick said reading or watching the news isn’t something they would usually do.
The team’s adviser, English and yearbook teacher Lynn Bare, said she made sure to talk about some of the events with the students last week to ensure they were studying the news.
Bare said the winning trophy, a miniature globe attached to a Times-News coffee mug, would be put on display in a case in the school’s office. The students also won gift cards to local restaurants.
Money raised through each team’s $300 registration fee was split between Alamance Community College’s Academic and Career Readiness department, which helps students pay costs such as graduation and GED test fees, and the Times-News’ Newspaper in Education program, which provides newspapers for local schools to use in the classroom.
The event was emceed by John Black of WPCM and judges were Algie Gatewood, president of ACC; Gary Saunders, dean of Continuing Education; and Sherri Singer, department head for Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Hawbridge School students dressed up as pirates and won the best costume award; River Mill Academy won most team spirit for its enthusiastic audience members. Teams from Clover Garden, Cummings, Graham and Western Alamance also competed in the event.