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Holmdel's Quiz Kids Do Well in the Academic Bowl

The Jeopardy-style competition drew over 100 schools to Jackson. Here is a dispatch from advisor Sean T. Dowd, who accompanied the whiz kids.

Holmdel students competed in the Academic Bowl on Wednesday, held at the  Carl W. Goetz Middle School in Jackson, NJ.

Close to 100 schools in grades 4-8 come to battle in this Jeopardy-style competition. Each team plays three rounds of academic, and not-so-academic, trivia against three other schools and amass points.

This year’s categories included The Roman Empire, Song Lyrics, Units of Measure, The Hunger Games (both teams almost swept this one, naturally), Two-Letter Words, Spelling, and the NBA (where there were numerous guesses of “The Lakers” and “The Miami Heat” which were met with little success).

After three rounds, the two top-scoring teams vie for the championship, and trophies are also awarded to the 3rd and 4th place finishers. Categories range from Math, to Science, to Television, to Cooking.

Here are the winners from Holmdel:

Indian Hill 5th graders: 2nd place, after a grueling championship round.

Indian Hill 6th graders: 3rd place after a scoring error disqualified them from vying for 1st place.

The William R. Satz School 7th graders: 4th place trophy,

The William R. Satz School 8th graders: 3rd place trophy.

All the students had fun, though, and treated themselves, as is tradition, to some congratulatory McDonalds for dinner.

The Academic Bowl is part of Project Plus at Satz, an extracurricular academic enrichment activity, or series of activities, that give the students a chance to shine in the areas they excel in and even those that simply interest them.

Project Plus is the umbrella name for all the activities we compete in each year including Scripps Spelling Bee, National Geographic Geography Bee, Future City Engineers, Science Olympiad, Knowledge Masters, Academic Bowl and Battle of the Books.

The Project Plus advisors are Sean T. Dowd (English teacher at Holmdel High School) and Christen Rillo (Tech Ed teacher at William R. Satz School)

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