Piedmont Academy had three teams compete in the Regional Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl in Gray on February 4, 2012. The Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl used the original twenty titles on the Georgia Book Awards Nominees list for 2011/2012 and the twenty titles on the Georgia Peach Teen Book Award Nominees list.
There were seventeen titles for the elementary students and twenty titles from the Georgia Book Awards used for middle and high school students. The teams were challenged to read most of the books on their assigned list. Coach Brady noted, "I was very proud of how we competed at our first competition. We learned a great deal about the format of the competition and how to prepare more aggressively for next year."
The team members that represented Piedmont included: elementary team members Mari Jablonski, Gracie Hunt, Browning Benton, Maddie Johnston, Summer Strother, Lawton Harris, Gage Wilborn and Cassidy Cook. Middle school team Kevin Davis, Joseph Anderson, O'Neil Sealy, Alina Jablonski, Matti Smith, Morgan Leach, Chris Coogler and Jackson Waddleton. High School team members Cheyenne Galloway, Abigail Hyde, Savannah McGinnis, Carley Cain, Samantha Ramsdell, and Cameron Hallman. The team's coach is Traci Brady. Volunteer coaches are Beth Galloway, Ashley Cook, Elizabeth Davis, and Judy Nelson.