On Feb. 19, Bates Middle School hosted its first Midlands Academic Quiz Bowl Competition with Camden Middle School, Hillcrest Middle School and R.E. Davis College Preparatory Academy. Earlier in the year, Bates traveled to R.E. Davis on Jan. 22 and to Hillcrest on Jan. 29 where they hosted, as well. This is the inaugural year for Bates participating in this academic sport. Sumter School District competed against schools from Lexington, Camden and Columbia. Hillcrest placed first in the Lower Division, qualifying them for the state competition.
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