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2018 Scholastic Challenge Results

The area Scholastic Challenge competition was held on Saturday, February 3 at Portville Central School.  The annual event -- sponsored by Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES – was the largest ever as a record-breaking 44 teams of students from grades 6-12 competed in junior and senior divisions.  The final matches took place around 2 p.m.  The first and second place teams in each division received plaques to recognize their achievements.  They also received an invitation to attend the 2018 National Academic Championships. 

Here are this year’s top teams . . .

Junior Division First Place was earned by a team from Scio Central School.  Shown left to right are: Jackson Broach, Will Broach, Max Morris, Jordan White, and Coach Mary Zdrojewski.

Junior Division Second Place went to a team from Hinsdale Central School.  Pictured left to right are: Matthew Beeman, Sara Beeman, Coach Sara Centanni, Christy Childs, and Fransisca Childs.

Senior Division First Place was captured by a team from Fillmore Central School.  Pictured L-R are: Josh Buck, Coach Bill Kelley, Rory Kelley, Michael McDonald, and Evan Nugent.  Not shown: Coach Mary Kay Kelley.

Senior Division Second Place went to a team from West Valley Central School.  Shown L-R: Coach Bryan Hansen, Cody Keller, E.J Thiel, Nathan Dash, and Sarah Sheffield.

According to CABOCES Arts and Extra-Curricular Coordinator Jean Oliverio, the 36th Annual National Academic Championship will be held at four separate phases and each team placing in a regional event may choose to attend one of those phases.  Phases will be held in New Orleans (May 26-28), Washington, D.C. (June 1-3), Chicago (June 9–11) and Orlando (June 15-17).  The teams that have decided to go, in the past, have always chosen the Washington DC tournament.

Scholastic Challenge is a fast-paced contest that tests knowledge of academic trivia and current events.Approximately 200 students and coaches battled hard as thousands of questions were read aloud throughout the day.  It was an awesome display of intelligence, camaraderie, graciousness and good sportsmanship.

Sixteen school districts participated in the double-elimination contest.  Other competing schools were: Allegany-Limestone, Cuba-Rushford, Ellicottville, Franklinville, Friendship, Genesee Valley, Immaculate Conception, Pioneer, Portville, Randolph, Wellsville, and Whitesville.

Congratulations to all the teams participating this year.  Thank you to all coaches for mentoring and encouraging your students.

This event also requires about 50 volunteers to make the day run smoothly.  CABOCES Student Programs is grateful to everyone who donates their time and experience to provide a fun and educational day for the students in our area.  Scholastic Challenge could not happen without their help!