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1997- California School for the Deaf, Riverside wins the first ever National Academic Bowl championship.
1999 - California School for the Deaf, Fremont became the first school to win consecutive national championships (1998 and 1999).
2001- Rob McConnell and Model Secondary School for the Deaf became the second school to win consecutive national championships (2000 and 2001).
2002- Timothy Woodford wins the first ever Nationals Most Outstanding Player award.
2003 - Both Jesse Saunders and Scarlett Valencia became the first former players to also coach an Academic Bowl team. Saunders coached for New Mexico School of the Deaf and Valencia coached for California School for the Deaf, Riverside.
Indiana School for the Deaf wins the first of five National Championships under Hall of Fame coaches Mary Kovatch and Chuck Daube. Pia Marie Paulone, currently a member of the Academic Bowl Executive Committee, wins the Most Outstanding Player award.
2005- Maryland School for the Deaf wins the first of five National Championships.
2007 - The first siblings to play against each other was Abigail and Hannah Worek. Abigail represented Rochester School for the Deaf and Hannah for Monroe #1 BOCES. There were also more sibling rivalries after the Works. They were Jonathan Ainsworth (Highland Park HS) and Charlie Ainsworth (MSAD) and Lauren Berger (MSSD) and Ethan Berger (Monroe #1 BOCES).
2009- Gianni Manganelli of University High School becomes the first player to win three Regional Most Outstanding Player Awards. He goes on to win the National Championship and the Nationals Most Outstanding Player award.
2012 - Maryland School for the Deaf became the first school to win three consecutive national championships.
E.C. Drury School for the Deaf (Milton, Ontario, Canada) became the first school from outside the United States to participate. They have not missed a Regional competition since then.
2013 - Noah Valencia became the first 2nd generation Academic Bowl. His mother, Scarlet Valencia was a player for California School for the Deaf, Riverside.
Octavian Robinson became the first to win a national championship as a player AND as a coach (Player in 1997 / Coach in 2013).
Maryland School for the Deaf became the first school to win four consecutive national championships.
Ethan Sonnenstrahl became the first player to win four consecutive national championships. He also wins the Most Outstanding Player award for the first time.
2014 - A mother and son won Regional championships as coaches for different schools. Sharon Vollmar won the West Regional coaching for CSD Riverside while Scott Vollmar won the Southwest Regional coaching for New Mexico SD.
2015 - At the Southeast Regional, Cathi Holst, a coach for South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind coached in a match against her son, Brandon Holst of Model Secondary School for the Deaf.
Steven Putz was recognized as an All-Star so he joins his older siblings Lauren Putz and David Putz in winning both Regional and National honors. They are the first trio of siblings to win Academic Bowl honors.
2017- Isabella Paulone won a national championship while playing for Indiana SD, joining her older sister Pia Marie who won in 2003 and her older brother Gabriel who won in 2008.
2018- Franco Bippus becomes the second ever player to win three Regional Most Outstanding Player awards. He also became the second ever player to win two Nationals Most Outstanding Player awards. He and his Indiana School for the Deaf team also win a second consecutive National championship.
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