On Saturday, May 22, Vicksburg Radio Station V105.5 hosted an Academic Competition at the Vicksburg Commons, formally The Outlet Mall. Students competed in 3 different divisions for a chance to return Monday night to win a share of $10,000.
Division 1, Elementary, consisted of students from Agape Montessori Christian School, Beechwood Elementary, Warren Central Intermediate and Vicksburg Intermediate.
Beechwood, led by Sherra Barnes will return Monday with students Sydney Cooley, Samantha Bailey, Isabella Romero and Hallie Hendrix. Joining them will be Warren Central Intermediate led by Crystal Jackson. Those students are Patrick Bowman, Braylan Davis, Mohamed Shaibi and Ke’Marrion Shepard.
In Division 2 of the Elementary division featured South Park, Bowmar and Warrenton. Those advanced in this division were South Park and Bowmar. South Park was led by Shanique Hampton and consisted of Essence Perry, Alyssa Clemts, Braddy Parson and Kenzlie Pierce. Bowmar was led by Magen Westcott and consisted of Nick Lee, Olivia Busby, Heer Patel and Carrie Smith.
In Division 3, Jr. High, participants included Academy of Innovation, Warren Central Jr. High, St. Aloysius Jr. and Vicksburg Jr. High. Advancing were Academy of Innovation led by Samantha Sugars, whose team consisted of Henry Cooper, Gracie Summers, Teagan Stewart and Samuel Ross. St. Aloysius Jr. High was led by Stacie Lambiotte. Their team consisted of Samantha Edwards, Teresa Wilson, Corbin Burroughs and Joshua Kitchens.
Division 4, High School, did not compete on Saturday. Vicksburg High School and St. Aloysius High School will square off Monday night. Vicksburg will be led by T.J. Mayfield and St. Aloysius will be led by Dawn Meeks. Vicksburg will consist of Trevor Robinson, Marquasia Smith, Aisha Williams and Adrionna Carter. St. Aloysius will consist of Logan Young, Rachel Dahl, Leah Larson and Anna Scott Geter.
The finals of Battle of the Brains will begin at 6 p.m. in the old Dress Barn store in the former Outlet Mall, now Vicksburg Commons. This event is free to the public.
Station owner Mark Jones said late Saturday that he is hoping to make this an annual event. Jones indicated he was pleased with the level of participation for his inaugural efforts.
Samantha Parker contributed to this story.