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February 13, 2006

Gallaudet's National Academic Bowl celebrates 10 years

From: Gallaudet - Feb 13, 2006

Gallaudet's National Academic Bowl celebrates 10 years

(WASHINGTON) For a decade, deaf and hard of hearing high school students from around the nation have faced off in what can be considered a paramount showcase of academic excellence.

This year, the Gallaudet University Academic Bowl for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students celebrates 10 years of existence. The Southeast Regional kicks off this year’s festivities. It will take place Feb. 16-19, hosted by the Mississippi School for the Deaf in Jackson, Miss.

The National Academic Bowl is sponsored by Gallaudet University and its five regional centers around the country. This year’s national sponsors are the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, Sorenson Video Relay Service and Verizon.

The Southeast Regional promises to deliver excitement. Teams will compete for the top two spots, ensuring a trip to the National Academic Bowl competition in April 22-25 at Gallaudet University. Last year’s Southeast Regional representatives were the Alabama School for the Deaf (Talladega, Ala.) and South Plantation High School (Plantation, Fla.).

An added wrinkle to this year’s competition is the inclusion of at-large teams on the regional level in two of the five regions. This will allow teams on waiting lists in their own regions to travel to other regions to compete. According to organizers, adding at-large teams ensures that the country’s best and brightest deaf and hard of hearing students have an opportunity to compete.

Since its inception in 1997, the National Academic Bowl’s purpose has been to foster the pursuit of academic excellence, promote a spirit of academic competition and good sportsmanship, and encourage social opportunities for collegiality among students.

More information about the National Academic Bowl is posted at

About Gallaudet University
Gallaudet University is the world leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard-of-hearing undergraduate students. The University enjoys an international reputation for the outstanding graduate programs it provides deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing students, as well as for the quality of the research it conducts on the history, language, culture, and other topics related to deaf people. In addition, the University’s Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center serves deaf and hard-of-hearing children at its two demonstration schools and throughout the nation by developing, implementing, and disseminating innovative educational strategies. Gallaudet is located in Washington, DC.