From February 9-12, North Carolina School for the Deaf hosted the beginning of this year’s Gallaudet Academic Bowl. Other schools will be hosting the matches, but NCSD is the first on the list.
Back in November, a teacher at the school emailed me about the Academic Bowl and invited me/said I should come check it out if I can. Well, I did! It was the first time I had ever set foot in the school. I’ve been outside of it, driven by it, but I’ve never stepped foot in the actual parking lot or the school.
The Gallaudet Academic Bowl had teams of four from twenty different deaf schools. Two teams sat down at their own tables and would answer three rounds of questions. You had the typical categories like math, social studies, current events, science, and pop culture. The matches started at eight in the morning and ended around five in the afternoon. Day two lasted until later in the evening, but I didn’t go to day two (I was way too tired from being out all day for day one), so don’t quote me on that.
It was pretty fun. Although I didn’t compete in the actual games (obviously), I did answer the questions in my head. (Who wouldn’t?) There were quite a few that I got right. I was very proud of myself.
I wish there was more to say about the event, but it was pretty tame. Nothing really exciting happens when you’re just sitting at a table and answering questions. The best part though was actually seeing my DTV News coworker, Jesse Jones! Nobody at work told me he was flying to North Carolina to host some matches. It took him a couple of seconds to realize who I was (since we all work in different states for DPAN), but it was a pretty awesome moment. It was the first time we met each other in person.
Later in the evening, there was a Gallaudet club social event. It was actually more like a board meeting where a few people explained the new things happening at Gallaudet. The current president of the school, Bobbi Cordano, spent the last half hour of the event presenting to us. It was pretty cool to see her in person. I didn’t get a chance to meet her and talk with her personally since we were being rushed out once the event was over.
Overall, it was a fun experience. The Academic Bowl isn’t over. It will be on its way to California School for the Deaf, Riverside next. Good luck to all the teams (especially NC)!