GEAR UP to Host High School Quiz Bowl Competition on March 5

Thursday, March 03, 2011

The Fairmont State GEAR UP Partnership will host its annual High School Quiz Bowl Competitionon Saturday, March 5, in the Falcon Center Conference Rooms on the main campus. The event will begin at 8 a.m. and will conclude with an afternoon award ceremony. High schools participating this year include: Clay Battelle, Liberty, Lincoln, Webster Springs and University.

Every year GEAR UP sponsors the event and the Fairmont State University Honors Program along with Kappa Delta Pi act as hosts. Quiz Bowl, which is an academic competition for area GEAR UP high schools, began to foster the idea that learning and academics can be fun and rewarding. By participating in the event, students have the opportunity to make lasting friendships with people they may not have met, as well as put to use the facts and skills that they have learned in an environment other than school.

The competition consists of four categories; Social Studies, Math/Science, Englis and Pop Culture. Students compete against each other in each of the four categories, and the team in the end with the most points is declared the winner. The winners receive the coveted Quiz Bowl Plaque and bragging rights for the next year. In addition to activities of the day, all students are given a gift bag complete with a T-shirt, consolation prize and certificate of participation.

GEAR UP (Gaining Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federal program designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in college.

In 2005, Fairmont State was awarded the fourth largest of the 98 partnership grants given across the nation -- the only new grant to be awarded in West Virginia. The grant serves 14 counties: Barbour, Doddridge, Harrison, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, Braxton, Calhoun, Gilmer, Lewis and Upshur.

For each of the six years of the grant, 6,617 students and their parents from 56 middle and high schools in the 14 counties will benefit from GEAR UP programs and services. More than 20 state, business and community partners, as well as hundreds of teachers, are committed to the program. GEAR UP activities include tutoring, mentoring, summer camps, teacher training and special workshops, field trips to colleges and special events, financial planning for parents, support equipment and motivational materials. For more information about FSU GEAR UP, visit