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Academic Bowl Team Wins 2016 Northeast Regional Academic Bowl!

Monroe #1 BOCES' Academic Bowl team won the 2016 Northeast Regional Academic Bowl Championship competition in March in White Plains, NY!

Since the inception of the Academic Bowl for Deaf and Hard of Hearing High School students in 1997, Monroe #1 BOCES has been Northeast Regional Champion seven times, and now they’ve made it eight! The team went undefeated and will be traveling to Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. for the National Academic Bowl in April! Special recognition goes to Phelan Conheady for receiving the Most Outstanding Player award during the competition. The Academic Bowl team members  are Aiden DiDomenico, (The Charles Finney School); Adriana Gonzalez, (Rush-Henrietta CSD); Kim Caceci, (West Irondequoit CSD); and Phelan Conheady, (Allendale Columbia).The Academic Bowl team coaches are Deb Reisch, Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and Dana Griffin, Educational Interpreter.

The National Academic Bowl competition was established with the goal of fostering the pursuit of academic excellence, promoting a spirit of academic competition and sportsmanship, and providing social opportunities for the development of collegiality and lifelong friendships. 


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