Walton High School Wins Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl State Tournament 

Demonstrating their literary mastery, the Walton High School Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl team recently claimed the title of State Champions. 

Walton students competed against Loganville High School student in what was the team’s first appearance at the state reading bowl event in Athens, Georgia. 

The tournament was held during the annual University of Georgia Children’s Literature Conference. Walton’s Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Team was formed in 2011, but they didn’t start competing until 2012.  

Helen Ruffin, a library media specialist at Sky Haven Elementary School in DeKalb County, created the Reading Bowl in 1986. Her vision was to have teams, comprised of students from different schools, compete to test their knowledge of the selected books. 

In 2000, after Ruffin’s retirement, several library media specialists formed the DeKalb County Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl. Other school districts in Georgia heard about this unique reading initiative, and soon the Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl opened to students in fourth grade through 12th grade. The winning teams from the Divisional Bowls meet at the Annual Conference on Children’s Literature in March for the State Championship of the Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl.  

Last year, Shallowford Falls Elementary School students won the elementary level state Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl.