Garfield (left) and Harding Academic Challenge teams.
Garfield and Harding competed Arpil 18 in the middle school Academic Challenge competition and both represented the district very well. In the preliminary round the Gafield team placed 4th and the Harding team tied for 6th.
As a district Lakewood City School finished 4th behind Westlake, Rocky River, and Fairview. We were only five point out of third and ten points out of second. That is literally the difference of 1 question!
Harding lost a thrilling 5 question tie breaker and just missed making the finals. Garfield Middle School had a rough start to the final 30 question round. At one point they were in 6th place trailing by 85 points. After getting over their nerves the team mounted an amazing comeback – answering 8 of the final 10 questions correct – and rallied to finish in third place. Lakewood City Schools should be very proud of the hard work and dedication displayed by both teams.
Garfield team members: Ian Bell, Brian Donahoe, Damien Jouriles, Lauren Lowell, Rachel Lowell, Brendan McCallum
Harding team members: Adnan Abdic, Kent Adams, Henry Bish, Nick Kantura and Sophia Nanni.