JCJC Scholars’ Bowl dominated by Presbyterian Christian High School’s team

Written By: Teresa Martin
Email Address: teresa.martin@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2012-03-09 16:37:01

ELLISVILLE – Presbyterian Christian School’s Quiz Bowl team knocked off the perennial winners and some new challengers at Jones County Junior College’s eighth annual Scholar’s Bowl. The relatively new PCS team, consisting of seniors Daniel Vial and Nduka Vernon, junior Evan Cole, and sophomore Mallorry Vial, did not lose a match going into the quarter-finals. They dominated in head-to-head competition with seven-year champs, West Jones, and newcomers, Seminary Attendance Center and second-place winners, South Jones High School during the championship rounds.
“Last year’s loss to West Jones in the semi-finals fueled our determination to win,” said Daniel Vial. 
The PCS sponsor, Norman Rowe added the two-year old team has been driven to win by competing in every tournament possible. Our senior leadership has done so well as a result.
“Ever since we lost in a close match two years ago at a competition, we have entered every Quiz Bowl possible,” said Rowe. “Our win at JCJC is the result of our two strong seniors. It was their time to shine after coming so close these last two years.”
Rowe also commented that the West Jones team graduated some seniors, and PCS will lose two key members in May, making next year’s match-up one to watch. Vial’s younger sister isn’t fazed by what some would call ‘added pressure’ to live up to her brother’s example.
“He helps me,” said Mallorry. “We are always practicing at home.”
PCS also claimed another top prize with Evan Cole answering the most questions. He was awarded a Howard computer and the winning team members received $2,000 cash.

Second place winners, South Jones High School took home a $1000 cash prize for their efforts. The Braves team members included sophomores, Henry Woodyard, Kalyb Sims, Summer Coleman, senior, Hannah Pruitt and Mason Robertson, and junior, Keely Parker. Advisor Suzanne Manning said she wanted to reorganize the quiz bowl team at South Jones for several reasons. 
“Most of the team members are in my chemistry and physics class,” said Manning. “The Quiz Bowl team gives them an opportunity to compete, which is a lot more fun than taking tests, and it reinforces what they’ve learned.”
Keely Parker added being on the Quiz Bowl team has made her listen more intently in classes. “I’m always thinking that information would make a great quiz bowl question when I’m in class, so I pay more attention. Quiz Bowl is a fun way to absorb a lot of knowledge!”
Henry Woodyard admitted, “I’ve learned more in these last eight months because of the Quiz Bowl team.”
Both teams also earned a little cash because of their hard work. With the help of sponsors, Sanderson Farms, Howard Industries, South Central Regional Medical Center, Bancorp South, Coca-Cola, Ramey’s Marketplace, Robert’s Company/Corner Market, Jones County Medical Supplies, Cengage/Wadsworth Publishing, Vendworks, Bosun Joe’s, B Com, and the Association for Excellence in Education, JCJC was able to award more monetary prizes to the winning teams. Also, senior students from the winning team earned $500 scholarships to JCJC and the second place winners each received $250 scholarships. 
“The monetary prizes and scholarships are great incentives for students to win,” said JCJC Scholar’s Bowl coordinator, Caren Griffin. “It also emphasizes the importance of academics  as we reward hard work. This year’s Scholar’s Bowl participants had an extra incentive to win, making everyone more competitive.”
Placing third in the competition were newcomers, Seminary Attendance Center, who gave West Jones its only loss before the quarter final rounds. The Bulldogs came within 10 points of beating South Jones in the semi finals, losing 70-80.  Fourth place winners, West Jones High School had a tough time beating PCS in the semi-final round, losing 150 to 60. The Mustang’s faculty sponsor recognized it would be more difficult to win this year because of the increased level of competition and mores of the schools are organizing Quiz Bowl programs.


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