Wheelersburg High School’s Academic Competition team, led by Coach Brian Oakes, won the title of 2021-22 ESC Academic Competition League Champions, with an undefeated season. The Minford High School team, led by Coach Brett Oakes, won the Runner-Up title.
League competitions took place from September through November at the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center (ESC), in New Boston. “I’m extremely proud of the hard work and the time that everyone devoted towards making this a successful season,” Coach Brian Oakes said. “We had some extremely talented teams in our league this year, which made going undefeated that much more difficult for us. I’m just proud of my team and everything they accomplished.”
Each year the ESC oversees Academic Competitions, using the Ohio Academic Competition format. The purpose of this competition is to encourage higher-order thinking, recognize outstanding achievement, and promote academic excellence among participating high school students.
Approximately 84 students participated in High School Academic Competitions this year as the teams were limited to only 6 players due to Covid-19 restrictions. Participating districts included Clay, Green, Minford, New Boston, Northwest, Notre Dame, Oak Hill, Portsmouth, Scioto County Career and Technical Center, Sciotoville Community, South Webster, Valley, West, and Wheelersburg.
The Southern Ohio Academic Competition Tournament will take place at Shawnee State University on March 3, 2022. Tournament winners will advance to the 38th annual OAC Regional Competition on April 9, 2022 in Lancaster, Ohio. League winner Wheelersburg High School, along with Tournament winners, will advance to the Regional Competition. Teams that win at Regional Competition will advance to the State Competition in Columbus on April 30, 2022.