Cobb County Students Win at Reading, Head to Regional Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

In a competition that has grown so large that the participants have to be split into morning and afternoon sessions, 59 Cobb County students pitted their knowledge against their competitors in the annual Cobb County Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, January 14 at MacEachern High School.

Helen Ruffin, a media specialist in DeKalb County, wanted to encourage students to read. Ruffin used the nominees for the Georgia Children’s Book Awards to create a reading bowl competition between her young scholars. Her vision included seeing students from all schools across the state of Georgia test their knowledge of the selected books. Today, the Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is open to students in grades four through twelve across the state.

This year’s Cobb County Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl winners include:

Elementary School Level                

  • Smyrna Elementary, 1st place
  • Shallowford Falls Elementary, 2nd place

Middle School Level

  • Dickerson Middle School, 1st place
  • Lovinggood Middle School, 2nd place

High School Level

  • Walton High School, 1st place
  • South Cobb High School, 2nd place

The winning teams attended the regional competition February 4 at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Ga. The two top winners in the regional competition advance to the divisional competition at Clayton State University. The winning divisional team will head to Athens, Ga. for the State Competition, which is held at the Georgia Children’s Literature Conference in mid-March.