Rather than sleeping in Saturday morning, a group of students from eight area schools converged on the Andy Griffith Playhouse to the annual Quiz Bowl.
This year, following what moderator Brack Llewelyn called the “Battle of Dobson,” Surry Central High School beat Surry Early College 155 — 75 to take home top honors.
This year the eight teams competing include East Surry High School, North Surry High School, Surry Central High School, Surry Early College, Elkin High School, Stokes Early College, South Stokes High School and Yadkin Early College.
According to Quiz Bowl spokeswoman Joan Sherif, the academic competition started in the area in 1980 and has continued for nearly three decades. It is a single-elimination competition between high school teams who compete in subjects including language, social studies, arts, science and current events.
Each match pits two high school teams against each other to earn the most correct answers and points. Sherif said Quiz Bowl is sponsored by the 13 libraries of the Northwestern Regional Library in Alleghany, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin counties as well as the Elkin Friends of the Library and Mount Airy Friends of the Library.
The annual academic competition between high school teams consists of three rounds. Questions in the first round are 10 points, questions count 20 points each in the second round and 30 points in the third. Participants can consult among themselves for answers in the second and third rounds.