The tournament is hosted each year on the campus of Redlands Community College in El Reno where the eight top schools statewide from each class, A through 6A, come together to vie for trophies and medals for the top four spots in each class.
Only one other Bryan County school has won a state championship since the inception of OSSAA academic competition in Oklahoma in 1990, and that was Class A Calera in 1995.
Other Blue River Conference schools making an appearance at the state tournament this year were Bennington and Silo.
Bennington placed third in this year’s Class A competition.
In 2003, Rock Creek won its first state championship followed by another first place trophy in 2004 and two more in 2006 and 2010. This year, Rock Creek stayed on top the entire tournament, defeating Haileyville, Preston, and Sentinel twice to bring home the first place trophy.
Seniors Danielle Wilcox, Herlinda Marsh, Bradley Robinson and team captain Rae Anne Klement have been members of a Rock Creek Academic Team for six years. Other team members include juniors Tracey Hickman and Brandon Wilcox. Dylan Powell, Patrick Hawkins, and Kasey Whittington are sophomores, and Trevor Iams, Dakota Holloway, Brittany Anderson, and Toby McIntire are freshmen.
Team Coach Marla St. John has been coaching academic bowl at Rock Creek for a total of fifteen years, five of them in junior high and the last ten in high school.
The team would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported them this year: The Booster Club for the recognition on Senior Night, Mrs. Terrell, Keith and Charla Whittington, and Margie Klement for all the great snacks they have provided, Mr. Lokay for his math tutoring, Jane Dowling, school secretary for doing countless things for the team throughout the year, Mr. Cartwright and Mrs. Powell for driving the team to the city and being there to cheer them on, Mr. Thralls and Mrs. Boone for officiating, Mr. Cook for taking pictures, and finally the student body who is always wishing the team luck as they went to games and tournaments.