The number of teams participating in the Academic Bowl dramatically jumped from 12 to 40 teams from 1997 to 1998. EDCO @ Newton North HS was the first team to participate in the National competition twice.

Number of Regional teams: 40
Number of National teams: 5

1998 National Competition Teams:

Alabama School for the Deaf (Southeast)
California School for the Deaf, Fremont (West)
EDCO @ Newton North High School (Northeast)
Maryland School for the Deaf (Mid-Atlantic)
Missouri School for the Deaf (Midwest)

National Championship Match:
CSD Fremont defeated Maryland SD

CSD Fremont Championship Team Roster:
Melissa Malzkuhn
Jerry Pua
Jesse Saunders
Shoshannah Stern
CSD Fremont team