Students participating in Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) special education and community school programs used their knowledge about World War I, as well as quick thinking skills, while competing at the 7th Annual Sacramento County Academic Bowl.
The theme for this year's competition was "World War I." The event was held December 10 at Rosemont High School, in the Sacramento City Unified School District.
For the second consecutive year, Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School won top honors and earned the perpetual trophy. Gerber Jr./Sr. High School and Elinor Lincoln Hickey Jr./Sr. High School finished second and third respectively. Kazee Vue, from Daylor High School in the Elk Grove Unified School District, earned first place for her award-winning design of the 2014–15 Academic Bowl t-shirt and program artwork.
The Sacramento County Academic Bowl is an annual competition for community, continuation and special education school teams involving a game show style event where students answer questions based on a theme and also present a "live" slide presentation. Students presented before a panel of judges: Greg Geeting, Sacramento County Board of Education Trustee; Chris Gilbert, Director, Support Services; Rachel Perry, Director, Research and Evaluation; Executive Assistant Consuelo Villalobos; and Retired Executive Assistant Cathy Broyles.
Team and individual awards were presented at a luncheon where County Superintendent David W. Gordon, Assistant Superintendent Matt Perry, Ed.D., and Trustee Greg Geeting handed out awards and congratulated participants.
Students spent eight weeks in class and after school preparing for this demanding competition. In addition to mastering the academic content, which is based on California's Content Standards, students also learn about teamwork, computer and presentation skills, goal setting, and leadership.