BMS students compete in Scholastic Challenge
Published 7:21 pm Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Brewton Middle School students were among 22 middle schools from counties in southwest Alabama that competed recently for bragging rights and big bucks at the Bay Area Scholastic Challenge Super Tournament at the University of South Alabama.
Academic competition entered a whole new realm this year as local middle schools participated in an after-school league, culminating in the ninth annual middle school Super Tournament on March 17 and 18.
Phillips Preparatory came away with top honors for the third year in a row. The team won $1,000 for its school and each team member received a $100 Savings Bond.
Members on Phillips' winning team were: Stephen C. Hoit, Daniel Irvine, Jacob Knowles, Ryan C. McRae, T. Christian Noojin and Lam Pham.
Bayside Academy finished 2nd in the competition and won $750. Brewton Middle School placed 3rd and received $500 and Spanish Fort High School finished 4th, receiving $250. UMS-Wright and St. Luke's placed 5th and 6th.
Spinks Megginson of Brewton Middle School was the overall Most Valuable Player (MVP) at the tournament. He received a $1,000 scholarship from the University of South Alabama, an MVP medal and a $100 Savings Bond.
The following middle schools competed in the Super Tournament on March 17:
Alba Middle, Bayside Academy, Brewton Middle, Causey Middle, Christ the King, Corpus Christi, Cottage Hill Baptist, Escambia County Middle, Fairhope Middle, Hankins Middle, Jackson Middle School, Leroy Middle, Phillips Preparatory, St. Dominic's, St. Ignatius, St. Luke's, St. Paul's, St. Pius X, Scarborough Middle, Spanish Fort High School, Thomasville Middle and UMS-Wright Preparatory. The top six teams advanced to the finals on March 18.
Luci Tucker, President of the South Alabama Academic Competition Association, presided over the Awards Ceremony.
“We couldn't have done this without the help and support of our sponsors,” Padgett said. “The Bay Area Scholastic Challenge has grown so over the years; from a Mobile County competition to one that includes nearly all the counties in southwest Alabama. Competition is stiff and the kids work hard to take home the prize.”
All students who participated in the Super Tournament received commemorative loose-leaf binders.