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SCOE Students Compete in First Ever Academic Bowl

Carson Creek Jr./Sr. High Crowned 2008–09 Champions

Audience seated at tables in front of projector screen

Relying on their knowledge of science, as well as quick-thinking skills and fast reflexes, students participating in Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) school programs showed off their academic skills at the first-ever Sacramento County Academic Bowl.

Carson Creek Jr./Sr. High School took home the perpetual trophy by winning top honors as students competed as teams in a Super Quiz (Jeopardy! style) competition in front of a live audience at Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School. Carson Creek is an educational program located within the Sacramento County Boys Ranch juvenile facility operated by the Sacramento County Probation Department.

The topic for the 2008-2009 Academic Bowl Super Quiz was based on the theme "The Science of the Human Body."

SCOE School Teams Competing

  • Carson Creek Jr./Sr. High School (coached by SCOE teacher Jonathon Freer)
  • Elinor Lincoln Hickey Jr./Sr. High School (coached by SCOE para-educator Lisa Chesin)
  • Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School (coached by SCOE teacher Lydia Maerdian)
  • North Area Community School (coached by AmeriCorps Youth Aide Ben Wangberg)

"I hope that all of you students here today appreciate how much you have accomplished so far," County Superintendent David W. Gordon told the competing students. "I hope that you see your participation in the Academic Bowl as just one more step toward becoming a successful person who can accomplish many things through hard work."

Academic Bowl teams consist of five members. Each school can field as many teams as they would like. The first round of the competition takes place at each school where teams compete against each other to qualify for the final competition. The four highest-scoring teams move on to the round two Academic Bowl finals, which were held at the Palmiter campus.

Team awards and individual medals were presented at the Academic Bowl Awards Luncheon, which immediately followed the Academic Bowl finals and was catered by the students from the SCOE Culinary Arts Program.

For more information about the Sacramento County Academic Bowl, call (916) 228-2660.

Team 1 Carson Creek sign
E.L. Hickey Team 2 group photo
Team 3 Palmiter group photo
North Area Team 4 group photo