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February 1, 2014

More than 400 students to attend Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl at VSU

VALDOSTA — More than 400 South Georgia students will face off in a challenge of reading mastery when Valdosta State University’s Ruby R. Sullivan Literacy Center hosts the annual Southern Regional Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 1.

The competition will begin at 1 p.m. and continue for roughly three hours and will be held in both the James L. and Dorothy H. Dewar College of Education and Human Services and the Jerry and Kay Jennett Lecture Hall.  

Over the course of seven rounds, participating students will test their knowledge of books from either the 2013-2014 Georgia Book Award (elementary and middle school students) or the Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers (high school students) nominees lists.

Two teams will go head to head during each fast-paced round, answering 10 questions using a quiz show-style system to “buzz in” with the correct answer and earn points.

The elementary, middle, and high school teams with the highest overall scores at the end of the competition will move on to the divisional bowl on Saturday, Feb. 28.

“It is a very exciting and intense event,” noted Dr. Gina M. Doepker, the director of the Ruby R. Sullivan Literacy Center and associate professor in the Department of Early Childhood and Special Education.    

The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is open to students in grades fourth through 12th.

It was initiated by its namesake, who, as a media specialist in DeKalb County, noticed that a little healthy competition helped her school’s students to become much more enthusiastic about reading. She has since retired.

Contact Dr. Gina M. Doepker at (229) 333-5625, (229) 333-5645, or gmdoepker@valdosta.edu to learn more.

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