Rigorous Readers Face Off During Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Jan. 18

Teams of students from 53 Cobb County schools will face off in a challenge of reading prowess during the seventh annual Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl next Saturday, Jan. 18 at Awtrey Middle School in Kennesaw. The Reading Bowl is an academic competition in which students from all three academic levels test their knowledge of books from the Georgia Book/Peach Teen lists.

The Cobb County bowl will begin with a parade of schools, followed by six rounds of competition. During each round, two teams compete in a fast-paced, 10 question match, using a quiz show-style system to ‘buzz in’ with the correct answers. Winning teams advance to the regional bowl Feb. 1, heading towards the ultimate challenge of the state final in March at the University of Georgia.

The Reading Bowl was initiated by its namesake Helen Ruffin, a now-retired DeKalb County media specialist, who was looking for a way to motivate the students at her school to read more. When she noticed that the students at her school were extremely enthusiastic about competitive events she decided to capitalize on this energy. Thus the idea for an academic competition was formed.

Cobb schools with teams participating in the 2014 Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl include:


Acworth Kemp Awtrey Campbell
Austell Kincaid Campbell Hillgrove
Big Shanty Lewis Cooper Kennesaw
Birney Mableton Dodgen McEachern
Brumby Mt. Bethel East Cobb North Cobb
Clarkdale Norton Park Griffin Osborne
Davis Riverside Int. Hightower Trail Sprayberry
Dowell Sedalia Park Int’l Acad. of Smyrna South Cobb
Eastvalley Shallowford Falls Lovinggood Walton
Ford Smyrna Lost Mountain
Garrison Mill Still Mabry
Hayes Teasley McCleskey
Hendricks Tritt McClure
Hollydale Pine Mountain
Int’l Acad. of Smyrna Smitha

For more information about the Cobb County Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, contact Barbara Powell-Schager at (678) 516-6756.