Four Ivy Preparatory Academy Gwinnett scholars have been invited to represent the state of Georgia at the national Beta Club Convention in Nashville, Tenn. this summer after winning second place in a state Quiz Bowl competition.
The scholars, Jedidah Titus, Mackenzie Williams, Shama Khan and Janai Kameka, won the honor by defeating 75 teams participating in the Jeopardy-style Quiz Bowl contest at the state Beta Club Convention late last month. The Quiz Bowl contestants answered trivia about books, solved math problems and aced questions on social studies and science in the race against time. The game tested their mastery of the academic curriculum and their ability to work as a group.
“They had to hit a buzzer to be the first to get bonus questions,” Linda Desmond, a faculty sponsor for Beta Club explained. “The girls were ecstatic when they won. We are so proud of them. This is really a big deal. They will be representing the state at nationals.”
The Ivy Prep team entered the Quiz Bowl’s final round ranked among the top four teams in the state. The girls won 85-0 against their three competitors. Team Ivy was narrowly defeated in the championship against River Trail Middle School in Alpharetta, which placed first in the event. Both teams received plaques and invitations to nationals.
“I am very excited,” said Williams, a member of the winning team at Ivy Prep. “We studied hard to prepare for the Quiz Bowl and to learn to answer questions as quick as possible. It has been a great experience.”
The Quiz Bowl winners were among 36 Ivy Prep scholars who attended the state conference in Macon. The annual convention exposes students in grades 4-12 to activities that develop their leadership skills, push them to excel academically, and inspire them to volunteer in their communities. Ivy Prep Gwinnett allows girls in grades 7 and 8 to attend the convention.
Ivy Prep students represented themselves and the school well in Macon, Desmond said. “They all acted incredibly professional and respectful. It was a really a good trip for everyone.”
For many Ivy scholars, the conference was their first academic overnight trip away from home. Faculty sponsors said the girls spent several weeks preparing to compete in events. Some helped to make the banner for Ivy Prep in an art competition. Others competed in a Living Literature contest recreating a scene from a book. The rest competed in Quiz Bowl.
“The theme of the conference was ‘ Beta is Rocking the Country,’ ” said Hannah Bolar, a seventh grader. “We decided to do a pun on that. We drew a portrait of Bon Jovi in a rocking chair writing a song near a map of the United States.”
Ivy scholars who participated in the Living Literature competition chose to recreate the knife-throwing scene from the fiction adventure book “Divergent” by Veronica Roth. In the scene, the book’s heroine faces a test of bravery as she faces a knife-thrower in a precision demonstration for the new recruits of Erudite.
“We had so much to set up,” said Alyssa Wray, a seventh grader. “We had to make the background. We had to get our poses right and stand very still. You had to stay in one position for an hour.”
Another Ivy Prep student ran for office and gained experience competing against her peers campaigning on a state level.
Faculty co-sponsor Rebecca Enright gathered ideas to help students launch a Beta Club community service project after winter holiday break. Desmond said the club also will accept new members. Invitations to join Beta Club will be sent to scholars with at least a 3.5 grade point average who have demonstrated good behavior at school.