MSSD hosts academic quiz competition for 16 schools
The Southeast Regional Academic Bowl competition, sponsored by the Clerc Center and hosted at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD), was held from January 10-13. Sixteen teams from schools and programs for the deaf and hard of hearing located on the eastern coast competed in matches that challenged their general knowledge.
Questions varied across topics and were drawn from the following categories: deaf studies, social studies, literature, science and technology, mathematics, the arts, current events, and pop culture. The MSSD team turned in a solid performance, winning all of their preliminary matches and taking second place in the playoffs. They also won the Sportsmanship Award and had team captain Emmanuel Njoku and player Matthew Thompson named as All-Star players.
"Our team was very well-balanced, our knowledge overlapped each other's," said MSSD team captain Emmanuel Njoiku. "The most fun part of the social activities was that we got to meet other Academic Bowl players and make some new friends! Being part of the host school gave me the drive to do my best in representing MSSD and the results turned the experience into an unforgettable one."
As the host school, MSSD provided activities, parties, and an ice-skating trip to give the teams the chance to socialize before and after the matches. The experience doubled as developmental opportunities for MSSD students, who worked as greeters, door monitors, and activity organizers. A team of student photographers fanned out to cover the action throughout the event for the yearbook and for immediate posting on Facebook.
Next for MSSD is a trip to the nationals. The top three teams from each of the five regional competitions qualify for the 17th annual national competition, which will be held at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., from March 9-12, 2013.
Congratulations to our players-Emmanuel Njoku (captain), David Bruno, Matthew Thompson, and Samantha Williamson-and to coaches Sara Stallard, English teacher, and Rachel Parker, residence educator. We wish them the best of luck at the nationals!
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