Academic Competitions

Last Updated: 3/3/2021 9:47 PM

Spelling Bee

MSAD hosts an annual Spelling Bee for elementary students from first through fifth grade. The participating students are given 100 words and definitions that are directly from The Scripps National Spelling Bee, along with ASL videos demonstrating the spelling and definition of each word. The top three spellers will then compete against top spellers from the California School for the Deaf-Fremont, Indiana School for the Deaf, Kendall Demonstration Elementary School, Maryland School for the Deaf, New Mexico School for the Deaf, Rocky Mountain Deaf School, and Texas School for the Deaf. Gallaudet University's Youth Program facilitates the competition among the national finalists via video conference to determine the national spelling bee champion. 

MSAD's Spelling Bee Chairperson: Suzette Fuerst 

Suzette Fuerst (Spelling Bee Chairperson)

Battle of the Books

MSAD has two teams set to compete in the annual Battle of the Books competitions sponsored by Gallaudet University. The competition has three divisions, each division consists of the students who read at the 3rd/4th grade levels, 5th/6th grade levels, and the 7th and above levels. Teams prepare for competitive matches with other schools/programs for the deaf across the nation by independently reading an assigned list of selected books for the competition and are tested on their ability to answer multiple-choice and short answer questions; the final round of the playoff match include presentation-style questions. 

MSAD's Battle of the Books Coaches: Jenene Johnson and Michele Heise

Jenene Johnson BTOB Coach             Michele Heise BOTB Coach

Math Team

MSAD sponsors a Math Team, an academic extracurricular activity for middle school students. The Math Team is a competitive team that participates in RIT/NTID's annual Math Competition for deaf and hard of hearing students. Students are tested on a wide variety of extensive math skills and knowledge, as they compete on math problems individually and with their school team. 

MSAD's Math Team Coach: Andrea Kunkel

Andrea Kunkel Math Competition Coach

Academic Bowl

MSAD sponsors an Academic Bowl, an academic extracurricular activity for high school students, which is affiliated with Gallaudet University's annual Academic Bowl competition. The Academic Bowl team prepares for head-to-head quiz bowl format competitions at regional and national tournaments with other schools/program for the deaf across the nation; Student are tested on their knowledge of high school curriculum- math, science, geography, history and literature- and other topic such as art, current events, deaf history, mythology, sports, and trivia.

Trivia Cup

MSAD also sponsors a Trivia Cup team which consists of students from middle school and high school. Trivia Cup is affiliated with Gallaudet University's virtual competition. Trivia Cup is not a team but the student will compete individually against deaf across the nation. Students are tested on their knowledge of various subjects.  

MSAD's Academic Bowl & Trivia Cup CO-Coach: Beth Hamilton & Megan Frowick-Morgan

Beth Hamilton AB Co-coach             Megan Frowick-Morgan AB Co-Coach