Brunswick High School students won this year’s countywide Academic Tournament, achieving their third win in the tournament’s history. Their first was in 1985, and they won again in 2017. As the home of the championship team, Brunswick High gets to display the trophy.
In its 38th 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. Brunswick High School Principal Michael Dillman commends coaches Louis Eskuchen Jr. and James Kelly and all students on his school’s winning team, which brought home the regular season plaque and the championship trophy: Celeste Barber, Benjamin Bolingbroke, Ian Burr, Emmy Caruso, Kaley Christman, Taylor Edwards, Evalynn Ellison, Olivia Estep, Justin Fox, Kara Graves, Mylz Hahn, Sara Hatch, Tyler Hempe, Ethan Hopko, Harrison Loeffler, Mason Loeffler, Angela Miller, Miriam Oumara, Andrew Ricketts, Chase Rogowsky, Ethan Ropp, Michael Sarnecky, Caleb Schullenbarger, Rebekah Schullenbarger, Isabelle Stepler, Jack Willard, Morgan Willems, and Maggie Williams.
Students from Walkersville High placed second, and the Middletown 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, Brunswick and Urbana have won three times, and teams from Catoctin and Tuscarora have each won once.
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 Walkersville High School math teacher Darrin P. Drum, who has served admirably as one of the Academic Tournament coaches at his school.
Retired Walkersville High School teacher Eric Reickel served as master of ceremonies, reading questions at the event, which retired Gov. Thomas Johnson Middle School math teacher Nick Diaz coordinated with assistance from STV Inc. Engineering Specialist Kelly Misner, who competed on the Walkersville High Academic Tournament team when she was in high school.
FCPS has posted a video of the championship online at https://youtu.be/jpMKR3ejoj0.