Monsignor Donovan hosts academic challenge
By Rose O’Connor | Correspondent
While many high school students used their Thanksgiving break to visit family, eat holiday leftovers, catch up on much needed sleep and homework assignments, and brave the Black Friday crowds, some students in the diocese were undoubtedly preparing for the Academic Challenge hosted by Monsignor Donovan High School, Toms River.
The 21st annual academic competition, drew students from 42 area schools and consisted of 68 individual teams on both the varsity and junior varsity levels. The questions in the competition varied and tested the students’ knowledge in all subject areas from physics to opera.
This year, the competition was sponsored by World Volkswagen, Toms River, and general manager Gino Dellamo provided the financial support that was necessary to allow each winning school to be recognized with scholarship money and trophies. Fevola Pizzeria, Beachwood, also supplied 180 pizzas to feed the hungry scholars between rounds.
“The Academic Challenge has grown to be one of the largest academic bowls in the state, attracting high schools from five counties,” Kathleen D’Andrea, coordinator of the Academic Challenge and vice principal of Monsignor Donovan High School said.
Among the schools that competed on November 27, High Tech High School, Lincroft; Mainland Regional High School, Mays Landing; Lenape High School, Medford; East Brunswick High School; Marine Academy of Science and Technology High School, Sandy Hook; Red Bank Catholic, Hammonton High School; Central Regional High School., Bayville; Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft; Howell High School and Cherokee High School, returned on Monday, Dec. 3 to face each other once again in the playoffs and award a winner.
East Brunswick High School was the champion of the Varsity A division with High Tech High School coming in second. Cherokee High School, Marlton, won the Varsity B division. Colonia High School was the runner up in that division.
In the junior varsity division, High Tech High School, Lincroft, was awarded first place and Marine Academy of Science & Technology, Monmouth County, was the runner-up.
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