Rogers International Sixth Grade Teams Placed 5th and 13th in the 2018 Annual National Academic Championship

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Stamford Public Schools (SPS) announced that Rogers International School sixth graders Emma Argenio, Frank Bear, Grady Connell, Ronan Connell, Tyler Denison, Tallulah Lintern, Arush Rao, Lola Shanley, Lucas Tan and Tomas Zaleski placed third in the Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl Northeast Division earlier this year. Their top-placement qualified the students to compete in the 2018  Annual National Academic Championship, which took place in Washington, D.C., in early June.

 According to Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl, each participating team took a 100 multiple-choice question computer test, which included math, geography, government, sports, spelling, science, literature, English, history, general information and trivia. The test, taken as a team activity, requires all team members to participate around one computer. Each team gets two chances to answer the questions correctly, and points are awarded for both speed and accuracy.  The Rogers students scored 1,207 points, with a 92% accuracy rate, placing third overall among 25 teams from across Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. 

Under the direction of Rogers Teachers Michael Argenio and Cara Denison, the students traveled to Washington, D.C., to compete at the national level in the 36th Annual National Academic Championship. According to the organization, the National Academic Championship competition is light on popular culture or trivia and is heavy on knowledge or academic information.

Rogers’ students were required to compete as two separate teams among a field of 24 teams.  Each team competed in six tournament matches. Denison’s team won three out of six contests, placing 13th overall.  Argenio’s team won four out of six, progressing to the single elimination round, where they placed fifth overall.