On Cinco De Mayo, the WHS Academic Team went to WJZ studios in Baltimore to compete in the academic team finals.
They competed in the semifinals against Linganore and Mount Hebron and won, obviously.
Milan Patel, Michael Flegel, and Ryan Puthumana were the starters for the team while Brendan Lawler and Jacob Kudela were the teams alternates.
This is the way the game is played. There are five rounds in the game and three of them are buzzer rounds. Questions can range from ten, twenty, and thirty points. Questions that come out of the packet are twenty points. Finally, the fourth round has a twenty-five point bonus.
In the finals round, Walkersville played in an epic battle against Calvert Hall and the unstoppable Centennial High School.
It was a rainy bus ride to Baltimore for the team. Mr. Stillman, Mr. Drum, and Mr. Van Bloem were on the bus because they are the academic team coaches.
There was a lot of pressure for the boys because they really wanted to win this.
Milan Patel and Michael Flegel wanted everyone to know that finals air on TV on June 29th at 10am, DMV finals air on June 29th at 7pm.
I asked Michael Flegel if there were any special moments in the contest and he said “The last question of the final round because time was running out and we were behind by five points.”
Michael Flegel told me that the final question was “What surrealist is honored at St. Augustine?” After Milan Patel buzzed in, the team worked together and pulled out the name Salvador Dali and won the finals.
The coaches were very proud that they were able to win and they can’t wait to move to “The Superbowl of Academic Team” (as Milan puts it) finals next.