Franklin Academic Games players fare well at Tri-Bowl

Twelve Franklin students participated in the Tri-Bowl state Academic Games competition.

Sophomores Kiaran Rios, Trevor Wood, Adam Taylor, and Sam Burchfield, eighth-grade students Tyler Wood and David Ferraro, seventh-grade student Zak Smith, and sixth-graders Wes Bell, Christina Bullard, Rosie Ferraro, Robbie Moffitt, and Alyssa Shick all played four games at the two-day event.

Students participated in LinguiSHTIK, Propaganda, Equations and Presidents.

Ten of the students qualified for the National Academic Games Tournament to be held April 22-25 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The sophomore players managed to win and place at the event. Trevor Wood, former Propaganda National Champion rose to the top again receiving the highest score in Propaganda in the junior division. His score plus strong performances by his teammates helped the team finish in second place.

Rios led the team in LinguiSHTIK with a perfect score to capture second in that game. Wood and Rios scored perfects in Equations and led Franklin’s charge to the top spot in Equations.

All four sophomores have qualified for the national tournament.

Wood will be attending his seventh consecutive, Taylor his fifth, Rios his second, and Burchfield is anticipating his first national tournament.

Eighth-grade students David Ferraro, Tyler Wood, and Zak Smith also placed at the games. Ferraro had a perfect score in LinguiSHTIK to help the team secure second place. The younger Wood’s perfect score in Equations helped them capture another second-place spot. They also came in third in Propaganda. Ferraro and Wood will be attending their third consecutive nationals tournament.

The sixth-grade students, mostly newcomers, fared well against stellar competition. The five players, Bell, the younger Ferraro sibling, Moffitt, Bullard, and veteran qualifier Shick each performed well.

Shick will be awaiting her third trip to nationals while Ferraro, Moffitt, and Bullard will be attending for the first time.

The Tri-Bowl tournament caps off the local and state level Academic Games season which began in October.