Hinsdale South deaf and hard of hearing students finish second at Academic Bowl

<p>Hinsdale South High School’s Deaf Academic Bowl team. Back row: Gallaudet University President Alan Hurwitz (from left), coaches Kathy Craig and Jamie Nick, Director of Youth Services at Gallaudet Jesse Saunders; Front row: Lauren Putz, Steven Putz, Stefania Sarkic, Rodrigo Scofield. | Provided</p>

Hinsdale South High School’s Deaf Academic Bowl team. Back row: Gallaudet University President Alan Hurwitz (from left), coaches Kathy Craig and Jamie Nick, Director of Youth Services at Gallaudet Jesse Saunders; Front row: Lauren Putz, Steven Putz, Stefania Sarkic, Rodrigo Scofield. | Provided

Hinsdale South High School’s Deaf Academic Bowl team won second place at the national championships held at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. recently. Senior Lauren Putz was named All Star for the Midwest Region for the second straight year. Sophomores Steven Putz, Stephanie Sarkic and Rodrigo Scofield complete the nationally successful four-person team.

Coaches Kathy Craig and Jamie Nick were also honored as Coaches of the Tournament among all the coaches with teams competing in the championship.

The Academic Bowl hosts teams with a total of 96 players from 24 schools across the country. The competition was founded to promote academic excellence among deaf and hard of hearing students. The rounds consist of a question-and-answer game of general knowledge topics testing students’ quick recall. Questions are drawn from various subjects including language and literature, science and technology, and mathematics and sports.

Hinsdale South Principal Brian Waterman noted Hinsdale South is home to the program that serves nearly 80 deaf and hard of hearing students in DuPage County.

“We had an absolutely incredible year and are all so proud of their performance,” said Craig.

The team took second place at the Illinois competition and at regionals, where members also were awarded Best Sportsmanship by all the competing teams and Putz earned the Most Outstanding Player award.

“We’ve made excellent progress,” Craig said. “With three soon-to-be juniors on the team, we look forward to seeing what we can accomplish next year.”

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