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2018 Elementary National Academic Championship HIGHLIGHTS

DC 2018

WINBURN (KY) AND LEXINGTON EASTERN (OH) TIE FOR FIRST IN DC

Winburn and Lexington Eastern have been declared co-winners of the DC phase in the wake of Rosa Parks' disqualification for roster infraction.

Winburn

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Lexington Eastern

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(l to r): Ava Ghazarian Noah Eckstein Jacob Sophie Roberts Wyatt Miller Grant Mentzer, Coach Jennifer Berry

CHICAGO 2018

HAWKEN REPEATS AS CHICAGO ELEMENTARY CHAMPS

Hawken, the defending national champs, triumphed again in the Chicago phase of the Elementary National Academic Championship. Ironically, Hawken A’s sole loss in the prelims, which may prevent them from a second consecutive national title, was to Hawken B. In the first playoff match, Hawken overcame Brandeis B (KY) 325-260.

The ensuing final Hawken A vs. Brandeis A game was a classic. The Ohio team led 70-50 after the Warm-up round. They increased their lead, 110-75, during a Bonus Round which saw all tossups answered correctly, but precious little bonus points added by either team. Hawken led by that same 35-point margin going into the fourth quarter. Brandeis grabbed the first four tossups, about Picasso, civilizations, aborigines, and Baby Boomers, quickly changing the score 245-200 in their favor. Hawken answered with 80 unanswered points of their own, identifying the British national anthem, Music Theory, Anatomy, and Math. Brandeis took a 285-280 lead after questions about Harry Potter and Marilyn Monroe. Hawken answered with questions about California and Ukraine. What a game! Hawken won 320-285.

Here’s the Top Team

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(l to r): Finn Bretz, Parker Carrus, Coach Pat Jewell, Pranay Gupta, Mac Clar, Oliver Parsi

Runner-Up Brandeis

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(l to r): Sathvik Bhavaraju, Emma Hatfield, Shrika Chennakesavula, Manasvi Bhavaraju, Vallabh Ramesh, Coach Nathaniel Hatfield, Sree Paladugu, Sumu Vulava, Sohan Sen, Shashank Kamal, Heera Venkatesh, Aryan Arusam

CHICAGO MVP

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Hawken’s Pranay Gupta was named Chicago MVP.

ORLANDO 2018

WESTWOOD (TX) WINS ELEMENTARY DIVISION

The Westwood School from Addison, Texas defeated St Peter Catholic School from Covington, Louisiana to win the Elementary division, finishing with a 7-0 record. It’s the first three-person team in the 36th year history of the National Academic Championship to win a national title.

Here’s the Top Team

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(l to r): Jayanth Yamunan, Kshaunish B Shaik, Niyathi Yamunan

Elementary National Academic Championship 2018 MVP

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Westwood's Niyathi Yamunan was named Orlando MVP.