WHMS Dynasty Continues
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
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                A dynasty of sorts has emerged in the halls of Grove Hill's middle school. In the late 1980's Marcus Gordon, Shirley Taite Bradley, and Shawn Outlaw Hodge attended Wilson Hall Middle School and wound up on the Clarke County High School Scholars Bowl Team that won the Alabama State Beta Club Convention's Quiz Bowl Competition and traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas, to the National Beta Club's QB Competition. During those years, WHMS had no team, but inspired by CCHS's success, soon formed one that went on to several state play-offs for both the Alabama Junior Beta Club's competition and for the Alabama Scholastic Competition Association's state contests.  Ellen Gordon Pettis and Stacy Gates Knight were members of the Wilson Hall Middle School Quiz Bowl Team coached by the mother of Marcus Gordon and Ellen Pettis, Annell Cumbie Gordon.

                The team for Wilson Hall Middle School is now coached by Ellen Pettis, assisted by Annell Gordon. Ellen Pettis's son John Clayton Pettis is on the team, which also includes Marcus Gordon's son Sam Gordon as captain, Shawn Hodge's son Simon Hodge, Shirley Bradley's daughter Cynthia Bradley, and Stacy Knight's son Jacob Knight. The team of recipients of their parents' knowledgeable genes has been happy to welcome newcomer Phoebe Prine to their ranks.

                The Quiz Bowl baton was passed to the younger generation of trivia buffs who have continued the proud heritage of their parents' prowess at quick responses to difficult questions. On Saturday, January 28, the WHMS team competed in the ASCA Regional Tournament at Alma Bryant High School. WHMS was undefeated, averaging 356 points per game, amassing a total of over 2000 total points, to take first place in the tournament.

                The team will now travel to Hoover High School on February 25 to compete in a pool of thirty teams from all over the state for the title of state champions.  Of her team of smarties, Pettis says, "Those apples did not fall far from the tree!"

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