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Rockville High School from Rockville, Maryland, won the
Southeast Regional Academic Bowl held February 25 to 28,
2016 at the Kentucky School for the Deaf in Danville, Ky.
The team will now advance to the National Academic Bowl for
Deaf and Hard and Hearing High School Students hosted by Gallaudet
University in Washington, D.C., April 23 to 26, 2016.

Established in 1864, Gallaudet University is the world’s only
liberal arts university in which all programs and services are designed
to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students.

The Rockville High School team is comprised of players Ruth Ferster,
Jaclyn Gleicher, Jonathan Summers, and Bryan Yun and Coaches Jenna
Hubble and Chester Kuschmider.

This year marks the 20th
anniversary of the Academic Bowl. Gallaudet University established the
Academic Bowl for deaf and hard of hearing high school students in 1996.
The competition consists of a question and answer game of general knowledge
and quick recall. Questions are drawn from the following categories:
history and government, language and literature, science and technology,
geography, mathematics, the arts, deaf studies, current events,
and pop culture, leisure, and sports.

Every year,
Gallaudet hosts five regional competitions for up to 90 teams of
deaf and hard of hearing high school students. Twenty-four teams
then advance to the national competition.

Indiana School for the Deaf won the 2016 Midwest Regional Academic Bowl, held in December.
Texas School for the Deaf won the 2016 Southwest Regional Academic Bowl
held in early February. The West Regional competition will be held at the
California School for the Deaf, Fremont March 3 to 6 and the Northeast
Regional competition will be held at the New York School for the Deaf March 10 to 13.

“The Academic Bowl is a way to engage deaf and hard of hearing students
from all over the country in learning about a variety of topics in a fun
and unique way,” said Jesse Saunders, associate director of Youth Programs
and Outreach. “The students who make it to the national competition have
the chance to put those skills to the test while networking with peers and
visiting our historic campus. We are proud of all the teams who participated
in the regional competition and look forward to the national competition in April.

Gallaudet University, federally chartered in 1864, is a bilingual,
diverse, multicultural institution of higher education that ensures
the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and hard of
hearing individuals through American Sign Language and English.
Gallaudet maintains a proud tradition of research and scholarly
activity and prepares its graduates for career opportunities in a
highly competitive, technological, and rapidly changing world.

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