The Central Junior High Quiz Bowl team won four out of five matches at the regional tournament held Saturday at J. F. Wahl Elementary School and qualified for the Class 4A State Tournament to be held in Conway Feb. 25.

The Central Junior High Quiz Bowl team won four out of five matches at the regional tournament held Saturday at J. F. Wahl Elementary School and qualified for the Class 4A State Tournament to be held in Conway Feb. 25.

One member of the team, Collin Bagley, was selected as a Regional All-Star and will represent CHS in the All-Star Competition on March 4.

The Quiz Bowl Cats defeated Dumas 240-130. Central got a come-from-behind win over Stuttgart to win 180-160. Helena-West Helena’s other wins came over DeWitt by a score of 175-80 and over Hamburg by a final margin of 155-120. The only loss of the day came against the eventual champion – Monticello.

Collin Bagley, an 8th grader at Central, was just one of two chosen from the entire region as an All-Star. The region’s other all-star came from Monticello.

School Board President Andrew Bagley, who joined Superintendent John Hoy and Principal Earnest Simpson III in attendance at the tournament was elated.

He said, “Tons of credit should be giving to our kids and Mrs. Stephens, their coach, for working hard to prepare for this event. Most of the team gave up several Saturdays and put in the necessary effort to prepare them for this significant achievement. It’s just another sign that we have great people making great things happen every day in HWHSD. We couldn’t be prouder.”

Bagley also went on to thank all of the district’s staff that made hosting the event at J. F. Wahl possible saying, “I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Amanda Fears, our Gifted and Talented coordinator for her efforts to make this event happen here in our community. She assembled an effective team that got the job done and it was a chance to showcase some of the best of HWHSD.”

Members of the team are Eboni Holloway, Collin Bagley, Adina Holloway, Evan Edgin, and Clayton Dyer. Helen Stephens, an Academy Teacher at Miller, is their coach.