SIDNEY — Another successful year of academic competition ended in Shelby County with the announcement that Sidney High School has been named the 2017 Academia Champion.
This is the 10th consecutive year that Sidney High has won the competition and the 20th time a Sidney High team has served as champion since the inaugural season in 1975. Russia High School came in second and Botkins High School finished in third place.
Recently, Scott Howell, the interim superintendent of the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center, presented the championship trophy and plaque to the Sidney High School Academia Team.
Academia provides students with a chance to connect their classroom efforts to real world activities as they tackle questions across 10 categories: literature, language, fine arts, sports/entertainment, current events, science, math, and general knowledge. The competition brings together the area’s top scholars and gives them the opportunity to showcase their intellectual skills.
For the first time in the history of Academia, a year-end tournament was at Sidney High School. Three schools emerged as the champions: Anna High School, Russia High School and Sidney High School.
More than 250 students were represented on the rosters of the nine participating school districts.
Each year, one or two team members from participating schools are presented with scholarship awards. Scholarship funds are made available through the contributions of area businesses, industries, community organizations and individuals.
This year’s scholarship recipients are Zachary White, of Anna; Olivia Ewry, of Botkins; Annie Stemen and Abby Goins, both of Fairlawn; Chloe Scheer of Fort Loramie; Dexter Ingle, of Hardin-Houston; Emme Farley, of Jackson Center; Brandon Koverman, of Russia; Andrew Blackford, of Sidney High; and Abby Jones, of Lehman.