The Rim Country Middle School Academic Team swept other middle and junior high schools in Gila County recently, winning seven of seven competitions.
"Their win was impressive. The highest any team scored in previous years was 150. For us to score 193 is unheard of," said Michael Buskirk, the team's academic adviser. "It's like someone coming out of high school with a 6.0 average when the student could only earn a 4.0."
To earn a place on the team students had to be recommended by several of their teachers and then those students competed in two rounds of tests given by Buskirk. Current events, language arts, medicine, math, astronomy, art and geography were some of the many question categories.
"The weaknesses of one person were the strengths of another," David Knauer said. Team members studied together at least once a week to prepare.
"I like to learn and I want to learn," Nicholas Walker said. "Your teachers and parents can only motivate you to a certain extent," he said.