Students participating in Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) community schools and special education programs used their knowledge about alternatives in energy, as well as their quick thinking skills, while competing in the 8th Annual Sacramento County Academic Bowl.
The event was held today at Rosemont High School in the Sacramento City Unified School District. This year's theme was "New Alternatives in Energy: Ingenuity and Innovation."
The Elinor Lincoln Hickey Jr./Sr. High School team won top honors and earned the perpetual trophy. The Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School team finished second and the combined team of Gerber Jr./Sr. High School and the Boys & Girls Club finished third.
Palmiter student Jessica Garcia was recognized as the winner of this year's Academic Bowl Art Competition. Her award-winning drawing appeared on the Academic Bowl t-shirt and on the cover of the printed program.
Sacramento County Academic Bowl is an annual competition for community education and special education teams involving a game show style event where students answer questions based on a theme, and also present a "live" slideshow presentation. Students made their presentations before a panel of judges: Jackie Levy, Board of Education Trustee; Greg Geeting, Board of Education Trustee; Rachel Perry, Director, Research & Evaluation; Chris Gilbert, Director, Support Services; Phil Romig, Science Curriculum Specialist; and Consuelo Villalobos, Executive Assistant.
Team and individual awards were presented at a luncheon where County Superintendent of Schools David W. Gordon, Assistant Superintendent Matt Perry, and County Board of Education Trustees Jacquelyn Levy and 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.