Susan Moore high school teacher Adam NeSmith, standing with junior class scholars (left to right) Angela Barajas, Lupita Garcia, and Taylor Gore, and (kneeling, left to right) Hunter McCormick, Collin Wagner, and Seth Ingram, pose with the April 22 tally sheet for the annual Blount County Scholars Bowl Tournament. The team completed the day undefeated as they had in the radio matches to take both competitions.
In each, the squad faced undefeated, to that point, Oneonta to claim the victory. In the April 4 radio matches, Oneonta led at the end of each of the first three segments in their battle, only to fall in the last current events portion. In the county match, Susan Moore claimed victory on the last question of that portion. Hayden scholars went on to defeat Oneonta in the seventh match of the April 22 county tournament.
All eight local high schools competed in both competitions. At the county tournament, four of the squads finished above .500. Besides Susan Moore at 7-0, Cleveland, Hayden, and Oneonta all had 5-2 records.
Ingram won top scorer honors, answering 38 toss-up questions. Beyond Ingram’s scholastic achievements, he wrestled to a sixth place finish in the state 113-pound tournament division this year. NeSmith reported that team captain Wagner had finished as the second-highest scorer in the Snead State Community College bowl competition.