SPRING HILL — On a recent Saturday, many middle school students chose something considerably more cerebral than sleeping in or playing video games. They participated in the 21st annual Rotary Club of Spring Hill Kevin Coit Middle School Brain Bowl.
The event took place March 16 at Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics, last year's Brain Bowl champ. The tradition is for the winning school to host the following year, and this was the third straight year Challenger had the honor.
Besides the host, other participating schools were Explorer K-8, Fox Chapel, Parrott and Powell. The students answered questions about history, art, science, languages, sports, geography, literature and recent world events.
"This year's theme was world peace," said Challenger K-8 Brain Bowl coach Ronica Guerrier, an eighth-grade language arts and Spanish teacher.
Guerrier couldn't say enough about the Rotary sponsorship. Families and friends, as well as the competing students, were provided with lunch and gift bags. There were raffle prizes and T-shirts for the participants.
The questioning began at 9 a.m. and lasted until about 2 p.m., with time for lunch. There was a series of 28-question elimination rounds. It came down to a showdown between Challenger K-8 and Powell, with Challenger pulling out the win.
Guerrier said her team begins practice in September.
"We practice every Tuesday," she said. "It's very positive for these students to feel they're part of something. We have fun."