Meadville Tribune

April 18, 2013

Conneaut headed to academic nationals

Meadville Tribune

LINESVILLE — Conneaut School District students have qualified for the Academic Games Nationals from April 26 to 29 in Charlotte, N.C., after success at the final regional competition in “World Events” and the state finals called the Tri-Bowl tournament.

Students competed against students from Butler, Crawford, Lawrence, Mercer and Venango counties in the “World Events” regional competition of the Academic Games held at Slippery Rock University. In “World Events,” players learn about the major political and cultural events of the most recent calendar year and learn to be aware of what is happening to them, their country and their world.

Players learn to research a particular theme that varies from year to year and to prepare notes and study materials about that theme. This year’s theme is the American Revolution, including the causes, the war itself and the aftermath with the origins of the U.S. Constitution.

Conneaut Area Senior High School junior Alexander Flavin of Summerhill Township placed fourth out of 33 players in the senior division of grades 11 and 12.

CASH sophomore Sarah Adsit of Greenwood Township placed second out of 46 players in the junior division of grades 9 and 10.

Conneaut Valley Middle School eighth-grader Corina Del Greco of Summit Township placed fourth out of 55 players in the middle division of grades 7 and 8.

Conneaut Lake Middle School sixth-grader Maya Storll of Pine Township placed eighth out of 79 players in the elementary division of grades 5 and 6.

Students also competed at the Tri-Bowl tournament held at Grove City College in early March. In this tournament, players competed in “Presidents and Propaganda and Equations.” From earlier wins at the regional competitions, seven students from Conneaut School District qualified: Flavin, Adsit, Storll, Conneaut Lake Middle School fifth-grader Brandon Wise, Del Greco, and Conneaut Valley Middle School’s Nathaniel Haines (grade 8) and Alexandra Greleski (grade 7).

Flavin placed second in the Presidents Academic Game in the senior division. Adsit won in the Presidents Academic Game and her team also placed first in the junior division. Wise placed seventh out of 110 players in the Propaganda Academic Game, and Storll placed 13th out of 68 players in the Presidents Academic Game in the elementary division.

Flavin, Adsit, Storll and Wise are headed to the national tournament in Charlotte. Flavin and Adsit were both on the first-place team in “World Events,” and Adsit was on the first-place team in “Presidents and Propaganda and Equations” in the national tournament of 2012 in Wheeling, W.Va.