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DHS academic team looks to final tournament

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The Douglas High School Academic Team won one and lost two during regular season play and is looking forward to the final tournament April 20.

The DHS team hosted the last regular match April 6. Competing in the northern Nevada academic league are Carson High School, Churchill County High School, South Tahoe (Calif.) High School and Douglas High School. The final tournament will be held at the Carson City Nugget.

Six students compete at a time in league play, according to their coach, DHS teacher Larry Lippmann.

“There are seven categories of questions with different point values,” Lippmann said. “It is similar in style to the TV show, Jeopardy!, without the buzzer. We take turns answering questions. It really tests the scope of the students’ academic achievement and general knowledge.”

Students must be proficient in math and science as well as current events, economics, art and literature. A “potpourri” category has students answering questions on almost any subject.

“It’s a great opportunity for students to compete with other schools in a competition that isn’t athletic but academic,” he said. “They’re exercising their brain muscles.”

The team has been practicing once a week since September. Lippmann subscribes to services which provide the team with 100 questions a week. If the students don’t know the answer, Lippmann said, they usually retain the new information they learn.

“They have a very high rate of retention,” he said. “Once they grasp onto something, they never let go.”

Academic team members include 10 students, who are rotated after every round of academic competition. They are:

Jacob Kallman, Liam Ferguson, Holly Hamperle, Phil Gorrindo, Griff Fahlin, Rick Delacruz, Michelle Valiquette, James Jackson, Jazz Aldrich and Sara Whitaker.

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