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For the second time in school history, the Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) in Frederick, Md., claimed victory at Gallaudet University’s National Academic Bowl championship tournament held April 25 to 26 in the University’s Kellogg Conference Hotel. This year’s Maryland team of Andrew Biskupiak, Todd Bonheyo, Christy Hediger, Asher Kirschbaum, and Ethan Sonnenstrahl soundly defeated the Metro Deaf School/Minnesota Star Academy team, which placed second among the 16 teams competing for the national title.
The Frederick team’s triumph comes as no surprise to many long-time Academic Bowl watchers. MSD has competed in the national championship eight times.
“We are proud of all the teams in this year’s tournament,” said Sherry Duhon, Gallaudet Academic Bowl coordinator. “Although only one team wins top honors, all share in the sense of accomplishment that comes with being in the national championship.”
MSD’s triumph follows three months of regional competitions involving 76 teams of deaf and hard of hearing students from all-deaf, as well as mainstream, high schools all over the country. The three highest ranking teams (plus one at-large team) from those matches challenged each other in the national contest at Gallaudet.
To learn how each team performed in this year’s competition, visit the National Academic Bowl website.
Roberto E. Wirth, E-’74 & H-’09, passed away on June 5 in Rome, Italy. Mr. Wirth was owner and managing director of the Hotel Hassler in Rome, one of the most prestigious family-owned hotels in the world, and owned several other hotels and resorts throughout Italy. He was a strong advocate for deaf people in...
Alumnus Timel Benton has signed a contract with the Bay Area Panthers of the Indoor Football League (IFL). Benton, who graduated last month, is the first Gallaudet Bison to sign a professional football contract since Tony Tatum signed on with the Utah Blaze in the now-disbanded Arena Football League (AFL) in May 2013. Benton was...
James Caverly, ’11, who plays Theo Dimas in Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building, will play Professor Harold Hill in the Olney Theatre Center’s summer production of Meredith Willson’s Tony-winning musical The Music Man, which opens tonight and runs through July 23. The show’s official opening is on Thursday, June 23. Sandra Mae Frank, ’13,...
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