Ryan, Sowards lead Lady Indians to easy win in season opener, 57-36 over Felicity Senior Profile: Wes Hayslip Justice off to hot start at VSU County boys’ squads on display in annual SHAC Preview Night ‘Operation Christmas Child’ collects 1,707 shoe boxes for needy children Two animal cruelty cases investigated in Adams County DP&L considers closing power-generating plants in county Holiday spirit makes an early appearance in Adams County Chester A Mann Jeffrey A Daley Sr Michael G Tincher DAR sponsors Good Citizen Award Ohio’s young hunters harvest nearly 6,000 deer during Youth Gun Season Senior Profile: Kayle Thomas Helen N Hiestand Rev Walter R Egnor Sr Betty Beam Jamie L Corrill Jeffrey L Heppard Edsel L Massey Jr It is time to stop and take time to give thanks on a special day Another year to be very thankful for Senior Profile: Savannah McCoy McCoy signs to continue golf career at SSU North Adams hosts SHAC Girls Preview DAR commemorates 50th anniversary of Vietnam War Historical Society honors veterans Star Wars routine leads Fancy Free Cloggers to ‘America’s Got Talent’ A Day at the Opera Eagle Creek draws community to Thanksgiving celebration Ward ekes out victory over Worley in county commissioner race Mary A Garman Ronald L Palmer Joseph S McClanahan II Emma O Hayslip Devils slip by Georgetown in Foundation Game Hupp, Hunter, Wolke named OSSCA Second Team All-State Senior Profile: Kain Turner Lady Devils romp in Foundation Game Oh, those aromas coming from Mom’s kitchen What Became My Biggest Project Deer gun season set to begin ‘Trees to Textbooks’ shares revenues with local schools and communities BREAKING NEWS Winchester’s Baxter wins Miss Ohio USA 2017 pageant Genny Elkins Pauline S Stevenson Donald E Lewis Sr Charlotte R Seaman Ruth Prater Bennie Skaggs Gertrude Swayne West Union High School hosts impressive Veterans Day ceremonies Peebles Elementary hosts ceremony to honor local veterans Duke Energy exits Killen and Stuart Plants GE Aviation hosts annual Veterans Day celebration Senior Profile: Logan Gordley Jeffrey A Brown Sr Peebles Library welcomes local author and survivor on Nov. 19 Homer C Eldridge Robert W Schomberg One Commissioner race too close to call in unofficial count Voters approve majority of county levies on Tuesday’s election ballot NAES Sixth Graders practice the democratic process Honoring one who gave the ‘last full measure of devotion’ Overcoming adversity, veteran of Iraq War opens local business Senior Profile: Ben Figgins Senior Profile: Macy Mullenix SHAC Basketball Previews are set for Nov. 18 and 25 Trio of local golfers finish careers with trip to the highest level of high school competition Peebles sophomore Jenny Seas finishes sixth in OHSAA state cross-country meet Upset win sends Trump to the White House ACRMC awarded plaque for 50 years of service Peebles Elementary releases Honor Roll for First Nine Week Grading Period BREAKING ELECTION NEWS! Senior Profile: Jordyn Kell Orlie H Kirker Military homecoming at NAES Second half spells doom as Greyhounds fall to Hillcrest 42-12 in finale Senior Profile: Sarah McFarland WU’s Horton will continue golf career at SSU Lady Devils’ season ends in heartbreak with 3-2 loss in District championship battle Christine R. Ritchey Operation Christmas Child begins Nov. 14 Mental Health levy on tomorrow’s ballot Wanda L. Nixon David Rogers Robert “Bobby” Leonard Keneth Waters Commissioner Worley seeks re-election Republican challenger vies for Commissioner’s seat Charles Cooper Thelma J White Kayleigh L Crothers AEP Ohio employees support Breast Cancer Awareness Month WUHS holds annual Beta Club and Honor Society inductions When Saturday mornings belonged to the kids of the house Senior Profile: Gloria Purdin Green-White Night, OHSAA Meeting at WUHS on Nov. 9
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WUHS Academic Team in action

The West Union High School Academic Team has had a great season up to this point. For each academic team tournament, two teams participate in each match with only four members of each team participating at a time. Each team has a question directed at them to answer first and, if that team gets the answer wrong, the other team has a chance to answer. Then, a toss up question is asked to both teams and whoever buzzes in first has the chance to answer.

The categories from which the questions come are: American Literature, Mathematics, World History, Fine Arts, Life Science, World Literature, United States Government, Economics, Physical Science, Geography, and United States History. The alphabet round follows the category round and finally, the last round starts. For the final round, students are asked questions in the following categories: Mythology, World Religion, Philosophy, Earth Science, Space Science, Social Science, Computer Science, and Current Events.

MacKenzie Smith, WUHS junior, says that the most challenging part about being on the academic team is that, “you never know what kind of question is going to come up and it is awkward when no one knows the answer to such a challenging question.”

Sarah White, WUHS senior, says that the best part about being on the academic team is the “individual effort that I can put forward to benefit my team.”

The students have battled four high schools already and competed against Fairfield and Fayetteville on Tuesday, Nov. 10. So far, the students have won two matches and lost four matches. They did, however, ruin the undefeated record that Fayetteville previously held.

The WUHS Academic Team members include Shruti Nayak, Janson Kramer, Caitlyn Cooper, Kira Gifford, Shannon Runyan, Julia Tackett, Tyler Swearingen, Andrew Sapp, MacKenzie Smith, Jack Crask, Leanna Poynter, Sarah White, and Brandi Taylor. The advisor for the academic team is Mr. Aaron McCann.

The 2015-16 WUHS Academic Team: Back row, from left, Caitlyn Cooper, Kira Gifford, Julia Tackett, Tyler Swearingen, Jack Crask, Janson Kramer, and Mr. Aaron McCann; Front row, from left, Shruti Nayak, Brandi Taylor, Sarah White, MacKenzie Smith, Shannon Runyan, Leanna Poynter, and Andrew Sapp.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Academic11.jpgThe 2015-16 WUHS Academic Team: Back row, from left, Caitlyn Cooper, Kira Gifford, Julia Tackett, Tyler Swearingen, Jack Crask, Janson Kramer, and Mr. Aaron McCann; Front row, from left, Shruti Nayak, Brandi Taylor, Sarah White, MacKenzie Smith, Shannon Runyan, Leanna Poynter, and Andrew Sapp. Photo by Jamie Puckett

From left, Shruti Nayak, MacKenzie Smith, Tyler Swearingen, and Janson Kramer confer on a challenging question during a recent West Union High School Academic Team competition.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Academic21.jpgFrom left, Shruti Nayak, MacKenzie Smith, Tyler Swearingen, and Janson Kramer confer on a challenging question during a recent West Union High School Academic Team competition. Photo by Jamie Puckett

By Jamie Puckett

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