From left, back row: Alan Hurwitz, Gallaudet University president; Debbie Burnaman, MSD teacher; Jennifer Morales, MSD teacher; and Sheri Cook, director of Gallaudet University Regional Center - Midwest. MSD students in front row: Cody Avila, Melissa Davis, Cheyenne Grotpeter and Chris Scott.

From left, back row: Alan Hurwitz, Gallaudet University president; Debbie Burnaman, MSD teacher; Jennifer Morales, MSD teacher; and Sheri Cook, director of Gallaudet University Regional Center – Midwest. MSD students in front row: Cody Avila, Melissa Davis, Cheyenne Grotpeter and Chris Scott.

The Missouri School for the Deaf (MSD) Academic Bowl team has been selected to compete in the Academic Bowl Competition hosted by Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

MSD competes in the Midwest Region of the competition, one of five regions throughout the United States. This year, the Midwest region had 15 schools participating which were divided into two pools. The competition was held at the Ohio School for the Deaf in December 2015, where coaches Debbie Burnaman and Jennifer Morales saw their team qualify for the national competition after posting a record of five wins and two losses. MSD’s Academic Bowl team will be traveling to Gallaudet University from April 23-26 to compete.

The Gallaudet University Academic Bowl for Deaf and Hard of Hearing high school students was established in 1997 with the goal of fostering the pursuit of academic excellence, promoting a spirit of academic competition and sportsmanship, and providing social opportunities for the development of collegiality and lifelong friendships. The competition consists of a question and answer game of general knowledge and quick recall. Questions are drawn from the following categories: social studies; language and literature; science and technology; mathematics; the arts; deaf studies; current events; potpourri; and pop culture, leisure, and sports.

One of MSD’s students, Cody Avila, was also recognized for his performance, earning All-Star Player status, one of four from the Midwest region.

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