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Photo Gallery | Cobb County's Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl winners

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Teams from 53 Cobb County schools participated in this year's Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl.

Nine winners -- three each at the elementary, middle and high school levels -- received prizes, with the top two teams at each level slated to advance to the regional bowl at the University of West Georgia on Feb. 2.

The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is named for a former DeKalb County media specialist who always encouraged her students to read. To participate, team members must read all the books in a special list and then answer questions on the literature.