Students put their heads together for 36th annual Think Day competition

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Belhaven Middle School Think Team the 2014 Think Day Competition champions. Belhaven Middle School Think Team the 2014 Think Day Competition champions.

Belhaven tops field for 13th time

LINWOOD – Brain power ruled Saturday as Mainland Regional High School hosted the 36th annual Think Day Competition. This meeting of middle school minds pitted 12 Atlantic County schools through three rounds of competition. When the scores were tallied, it was Belhaven Middle School that took first place.

The gym bleachers were filled with cheering fans. Banners, balloons and even pom-poms helped build team spirit through every round. On the gym floor, each school had six members of their 14-man team around the table to work cooperatively to answer questions. One member of Mainland’s state champion Academic Team was at each table to act as a moderator.  

History teacher and MRHS Academic Team coach Richard Elmore was the master of ceremonies. He coordinated the competition with Academic Team co-advisor Katie Foreman.

In round one, teams were awarded five points for a correct answer and received no penalty for an incorrect answer or for passing on a question. In the second round, teams got 10 points for a correct answer, no penalty for passing on a question and lost five points for a wrong answer. By the third round the stakes grew to 10 points for a correct answer and the loss of five points for giving a wrong answer or no answer within in the permitted time.

Each school can bring up to 14 students: six for its A team, six for its B team, and two alternates.

Galloway Township Middle School coach Jeff Morris said the A team takes the questions in round one, the B team goes in round two, and the third round combines each team’s strongest  members. 

Students who try out for Think Team need a strong academic background combined with quick recall. The students have 25 seconds (30 for math problems) to answer the question in any of 10 categories: visual arts, performing arts, history, math, spelling, current events, geography, literature, science and sports and entertainment.

Over the 36-year history of the competition, Belhaven Middle School has taken first place 13 times.

Other participating schools were the Emma C. Attales Middle School in Absecon, the Brigantine North Middle School, William Davies School in Hamilton Township, Galloway Township Middle School, Hammonton Middle School, Jordan Road School in Somers Point, Northfield Community School, Pleasantville Middle School, Eugene A. Tighe Middle School in Margate, Upper Township Middle School and Ventnor Community Middle School.


 

Northfield Community School Think Team at the 2014 Think Day Competition held at MRHS Saturday, March 15. Northfield Community School Think Team at the 2014 Think Day Competition held at MRHS Saturday, March 15.   Members of the Jordan Road Think Team ready to cheer for their teammates. Members of the Jordan Road Think Team ready to cheer for their teammates.   Eugene A. Tighe School Think Team. Eugene A. Tighe School Think Team.

Galloway Township Middle School Think Team. Galloway Township Middle School Think Team.


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