The Academic Team at Gwinnett's Trickum Middle School earned first place in the 2012 Junior National Academic Championship Tournament. The Trickum Middle team bested 47 squads from across the nation. The team qualified for the national tournament by winning first place — out of 60 teams — at the Georgia Academic Team Association state finals and placing second out of 133 teams in the Professional Association of Georgia Educators-sponsored state finals. The team competitions resemble the game show "Jeopardy." Questions cover geography, science, math, language arts, art, history, music, literature, sports, spelling and current events. Winning team members are: eighth graders Brent Bessemer, Keaton Law, Jordan Rice and Julie Wang; seventh grader Jason Fan; and sixth grader Ansel Ahabue. Their teacher-coaches are Linda LaPerre and Cary Sell. This is the 14th year Trickum Middle has had an Academic Team.