The National Academic Bowl for deaf and hard of hearing students is an extensive multi-region competition in which 80 respective high school teams contend in head-to-head contests and answer questions from all areas of knowledge, including Deaf studies, literature, mathematics, science and technology, current events, and more.
Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. started the first National Academic Bowl for deaf and hard of hearing students in 1996. The competition grew to what currently consists of five regional sites. This annual event was established with the intent of promoting a spirited academia, developing healthy competition and sportsmanship while gaining lifelong friendships amongst participants from around the country.
Just recently, our Academic Bowl team traveled to this year's East Regional host site: American School for the Deaf (Hartford, Connecticut). With 20 teams competing for the East Regional title and a chance to advance to the national competition, MSD was able to finish pool play with a 4-0 record, beating the American School for the Deaf, Delaware School for the Deaf, New York School for the Deaf, and OCM BOCES (Syracuse, NY). MSD defeated Rockville High School (MD) in the championship match to win the East Regional title.
With a return to the National competition this April at Gallaudet University, MSD recognizes its academic bowl team members: Tyler Glennon, Cade Patterson, Esteban Kovacs, Thalia Guettler, Priscilla Biskupiak (head coach), and Amanda Willard (assistant coach).
During the Awards Ceremony, Cade Patterson was recognized for competing in the Academic Bowl all four years of high school. Tyler Glennon was selected to the all-star team.
The National Academic Bowl competition dates: April 14-17, 2018