Team members from left Kevin Cush, Captain Veronica Lee, Abe Dalisky, Coach Ruth Pangrace, Zachary Howe, Calvin Dolatowski and Coach Mary Kay Ryan.
The Harding Classroom of Champions team convincingly won its preliminary round in the the Academic Challenge-style tournament held at St. Edward High School on Jan. 15.
The Harding team of 8th graders Kevin Cush, Abe Dalisky, and Captain Veronica Lee sailed to victory against St. Mark of Cleveland and St. Charles of in Parma. The final score was Harding, 460; St. Mark 120; and St. Charles 80.
The scholastic competition, hosted each year by St. Edward, is in its 25th season and draws 21 teams of 7th and 8th graders from across Northeast Ohio. The teams compete in first-round competitions and then the three top-scoring teams advance to the Finals.
The contest features questions from across all academic fields including history, literature, math, science and also includes cultural and current event questions. The team is led by advisers Ruth Pangrace and Mary Kay Ryan and also includes alternates Zachary Howe and Calvin Dolatowski.