A decades-long tradition took place once again Saturday in Mount Airy.
A team of students from South Stokes High School was victorious in the Quiz Bowl, which is a joint effort of the Northwest Regional Library system and high schools scattered throughout four counties.
The South Stokes students trudged their way through a ten-team, double-elimination bracket to be victorious over Surry Central High School in the finals.
Joan Sherif from the library system said the annual competition has been taking place for at least 30 years.
The Quiz Bowl featured questions on topics including sports, arts, literature, civics, history, math, science and many others. Teams competed, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, in head-to-head competition.
A contingent from all six high schools in Surry County — Mount Airy, Elkin, Surry Central, East Surry and North Surry High Schools and the Surry Early College — was present for the event at the Andy Griffith Playhouse.
Additionally, at least one school in each of the other three counties in which the library system operates was at the event. Students from Alleghany High School, South Stokes, the Stokes Early College and the Yadkin Early College participated.
“I’m delighted all four counties were represented,” remarked Sherif.
After more than four hours of head-to-head competition, Surry Central and South Stokes squared-off. South Stokes won by a score of 155-95.
The South Stokes winning team of Elizabeth Byers, Amy Christie, Heather Dow, Antoinette France, Alyssa Hagerman, Amanda Myers, Hannah Ross, Nora Skinner, Will Skinner and Jordan Zeigler will advance to the state competition.
That competition will be held in Davidson County on April 16.