Monday, February 25, 2008
Midwest Deaf Academic Bowl
David took off for the Indiana School for the Deaf last Thursday to compete in the Midwest Academic Bowl hosted by ISD and Gallaudet. Hinsdale South is shown on the left and Minnesota North Star is on the right in the photo above. Indiana won first place and Hersey took second. Hersey won the National competition last year. For those who are not familiar with the competition, the Academic Bowl consists of four team members and team subs who answer questions covering math, history, geography and literature. The teams compete on an individual as well as team basis.
Not a peep is heard the entire weekend as everyone communicates using American Sign Language. If anyone ever has doubts that ASL is a full language, one just has to watch this competition to erase all doubts. The kids can argue over complicated math questions, rearrange Shakespeare quotes and describe Roman architecture all without vibrating a single vocal cord.