The 2009 Blount County Schools Current Events Bowls were held Tuesday, April 28 for fifth grade students and Thursday, April 30 for grades 6-8. Both events were held at the Blount County Schools Central Office.
On April 28, all 13 elementary schools took part in the competition. In round one, Lanier Elementary won 30-25 over Townsend Elementary, Eagleton Elementary won 45-35 over Middlesettlements Elementary, Union Grove Elementary won 50-30 over Porter Elementary, Friendsville Elementary won 45-20 over Rockford Elementary, Carpenters Elementary won 25-15 over Walland Elementary, and Fairview Elementary won 35-25 over Montvale Elementary.
Mary Blount Elementary had a bye in the first round and played Middlesettlements Elementary, the highest scored losing team from round one, to begin round two. Middlesettlements Elementary won 45-40 over Mary Blount Elementary. Other schools winning in round two were Eagleton Elementary, Union Grove Elementary, and Carpenters Elementary.
In round three, Eagleton Elementary defeated Middlesettlements and Union Grove Elementary won against Carpenters Elementary. Round four was the third place round and Middlsettlements Elementary beat Carpenters Elementary 35-30 in a tight match.
The final round was between Eagleton Elementary and Union Grove Elementary, and resulted in Eagleton winning 55-25 to place first and Union Grove Elementary finishing in second place.
On April 30, the four middle schools in the district had a sixth grade team, a seventh grade team, and an eighth grade team competing. The sixth grade competition ended with Carpenters Middle winning third place, Eagleton Middle taking second place, and Heritage Middle placing first. The seventh grade competition resulted with Eagleton Middle placing third, Carpenters Middle placing second, and Union Grove Middle in first place. The final group to compete at the Current Events Bowl was the eighth grade students. Heritage Middle students placed third, Union Grove Middle placed second, and Eagleton Middle placed first.
The competitive attitudes of vthe students were obvious, with ties in three different matches that had to broken by two-minute lightening rounds. Both the elementary and middle-school competitions were held at the Blount County Schools Central Office.