TRUS sixth-graders smoke the competition at Anti-Tobacco Challenge Bowl

The county champion of the 2020 Anti-Tobacco Challenge Bowl is the sixth-grade team from Three Rivers School consisting of, from left to right, Alice Warner, Abby Nesmith, Audrey Das, Anna Villavicencio, and Naveen Sall. (Submitted photo)

The Anti-Tobacco Challenge Bowl is an annual event co-hosted by the Tulare County Office of Education, American Cancer Society, and the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency’s Tobacco Control Project. Teams of sixth graders from large and small Tulare County school districts participate in a game show-style format of quick recall and response, answering questions about everything from the tobacco industry to the health effects of smoking.
The event is designed to ingrain in students valuable information about the dangers of tobacco before they enter middle school and are presented with the temptation to smoke.  
From Megan Thorn, sixth-grade teacher, Three Rivers Union School— “Our sixth graders won this year’s Anti-Tobacco Challenge Bowl put on by TCOE. We took two teams of five sixth graders, and one of our teams took first place overall while the other team placed fifth or sixth.”  
Tulare County schools and COVID-19
Tulare County Public Health Department has announced the first positive case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, Tulare County Office of Education (TCOE) is still being advised that the risk to the students and staff remains low. However, out of an abundance of caution, we are canceling all TCOE student events effective, March 12, 2020, through April 13, 2020.
These TCOE events include, but are not limited to, STEAM Expo (Science Fair), Poetry & Prose, Friday Night Live Lip Sync, Access to Higher Education, Tulare-Kings College and Career EXPO, all SCICON trips, and Planetarium shows.
The public is encouraged to contact their local school districts for updates regarding district specific events.
TCOE continues to be in regular contact with local, county, and state officials, including the California Department of Public Health, the California Department of Education, and the Governor in order to support local school districts as they plan appropriate practices to keep students, staff, and community safe. We will continue to keep the community informed as the conditions in Tulare County change. We encourage you to stay informed by visiting the Tulare County Public Health Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.

One thought on “TRUS sixth-graders smoke the competition at Anti-Tobacco Challenge Bowl

  • March 13, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    Congratulations to these fine sixth graders who I remember as K kids!!


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