Walkersville Students Win Academic Tournament

Walkersville Students Win Academic Tournament

Special Award Goes to FHS Principal Kathy Campagnoli

Walkersville High School students won this year’s countywide Academic Tournament, achieving their fifth win in the tournament’s history. Their first was in 1997; the team also won in 1998, 2004 and 2006. As the home of the championship team, Walkersville High gets to display the trophy.

In its 37th year, the local Academic Tournament brought fast-paced excitement as students put their knowledge and recall to the test in timed matches throughout January and February. Students from Frederick High placed second, and the Urbana team placed third. Since 1982, Linganore teams have won the tournament nine times, Frederick High has won six, Gov. Thomas Johnson, Middletown and Walkersville have each won five, Urbana has won three times, Brunswick has won twice, and teams from Catoctin and Tuscarora have each won once.

Walkersville High School Principal Tracey Kibler commends all students on her school’s winning team: Will Anderson, Megan Bertolette, Solomon Chen, Susanna Chen, Ronak Chowla, Ethan Coleman, Molly Draper, Kobe Duncan, Abby Engle, Michael Flegel, Kevin Fletcher, Miranda Flores, Samantha Foster, Susan Foster, Peter Gillard, Colin Gnassovnov, Joana Haizel-Cobbina, Deidre Hall, Josh Held, Patrick Huber, Fiona Huff, Wilson Kong, Kathy Krantz, Jacob Kudela, Emila Lawler, Chelsea Long, Erika Long, Shayna Maleson, Lucas Mari, Julia Mattis, Audrey McClatchie, Eleanor McMahon, Jarrod McWilliams, Hally O’Keefe, Milan Patel, Pruthau Patel, Roshni Patel, Evan Pinetti, Ryan Puthumana , Liam Rousselle, Jonathan Rushbrook, Taylor Seabolt, Zeeshan Shaikh, Lexi Shoemaker, Emily Sims, Matthew Sims, Thomas Sniezak and Ben Tekin. She also commends coach John van Bloem and assistant coach Darrin Drum.

Walkersville High School teacher Eric Reickel served as master of ceremonies, reading questions at the event, which Nick Diaz coordinated with assistance from Kelly Misner.

Tradition includes bestowing the Charles “Chuck” Thomas Memorial Award, often referred to as the curriculum specialists’ award, after the championship to an individual or group who has made significant contributions to the tournament’s success. This year’s award winner is Frederick High School Principal Kathy Campagnoli. According to Mr. Diaz, she “not only welcomed the tournament to the new FHS but insisted that we use the modern facilities at this school to have our events there on a permanent basis. Without her enthusiastic assistance and her staff’s support, our move to the new Frederick High would have been much more difficult. We are delighted to have the tournament events at FHS because of the school’s central location and state-of-the-art technical equipment. With this award we honor her exceptional support.”

FCPS has posted a video of the championship online at https://youtu.be/4hnp6aLg0A4