Rockdale’s sharpest readers went head to head in the Rockdale County Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl on January 27, 2018 at Rockdale Career Academy in Conyers, Ga. Lorraine Elementary won first place among 11 elementary school teams. Barksdale Elementary won second place and Shoal Creek Elementary won third place. In the middle school division, defending champion Edwards Middle School reclaimed their trophy and won first place out of four middle school teams. Gen. Ray Davis Middle School won second place and Conyers Middle School won third place. The first place teams advance to the regional competition on Feb. 10 at Clayton State University. (Pictured) Lorraine Elementary Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Team: Victor Olufowote, Christian Bridges, Matthew Lumpkin, Libby Lingerfelt, Gabrielle Hollier, Drew Gilkey, Gabrielle Roberts, Alayna McClendon-Harrell, and Coaches Beth Clark and Brandy Webb. Edwards Middle School Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Team: Zoe Baker, Saidah Hoyte, Nadia Mohammed, Isley Nixon, Logan Sprinkle, Kathryn Ternes, Angelina Gillison, Khalil Sistrat, Gerald Harris, Dafna Pineda, Vivienne Stober, and Coach Mileeka Frank, also pictured EMS Principal Fred Middleton.