March 13, 2019

Rochester School for the Deaf Academic Bowl Team Takes 3rd-Place in East Regionals
Students Earn Seats in the National Competition April 11-14, in Washington, DC

Rochester, NY- Four high school students who attend Rochester School for the Deaf (RSD), on St. Paul Street, in the city, matched wits with peers from 19 other schools and programs for deaf and hard of hearing high school students in the 2019 Gallaudet University East Regional Academic Bowl competition, held March 8-11, at Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, in Pittsburgh. Six of the 20 teams of deaf youth represented New York State.

RSD’s four wins and two losses in match play earned the team a semi-final bid. Rochester’s subsequent loss to Maryland School for the Deaf put the team in contention for 3rd or 4th place against New York City’s Lexington School for the Deaf. RSD lost to Lexington in earlier match play. Rochester dominated the match to earn 3rd-place and a coveted invitation to participate in the Academic Bowl Nationals, April 11-15, at Gallaudet University, in Washington, DC.

Teammates on the RSD Academic Bowl include (pictured left to right): Hunter Williams, of Pine City, Chemung County; Courtney Gentzke, of Caledonia, Livingston County; Emma Kane, of Brighton; and, Ben Radez, of Valatie, Columbia County. (Photo credit: Provided by RSD)

The team is coached by RSD Director of Student Life Programs Carrie Fisher, of Pittsford, and Physical Education and Health Teacher Scott Lipitz, of Gates.

In addition to securing 3rd-place, RSD student Ben Radez earned one of six All-Star awards. The award recognizes academic bowl competitors who display good all-around knowledge, great leadership, sportsmanship, and fellowship.

In 2020, St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, in Buffalo, Erie County, will host the East Regional Academic Bowl.



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