According to Estenson, the GCMS team is trying to raise money to participate in the Junior National Academic Championships in Washington, D.C., June 1-3. Estenson said the six middle-school students who will represent GCMS on the trip are Cody Jones, Tommy DeWitt, River Murdock, Sammy Hansen, Drake Hackney, and Annie Heywood.
Those students and others on the GCMS teams fared well at the various Quiz Bowl academic tournaments staged by the Southeast Education Service Center over the past few months. In March, the GCMS team placed first in the JV bracket in two separate tournaments.
Grand County High School’s Quiz Bowl teams also saw success in a couple of their tournaments, and in an April 11 event in Moab for high school students in grades 10 through 12, GCHS had teams place second and third in the varsity bracket, and first in the JV bracket.
Quiz Bowl teams from Grand County have competed nationally for the past two years.
“We’ll be going to compete against other schools, but we’ll also be touring the D.C. area and learning about our nation’s history,” Estenson said.
The group has been raising money for the trip and Estenson said the team still needs donations from local businesses and individuals.
Additional contributions may be made at Zions Bank in the name of the Grand County Quiz Bowl team.