Posted Dec. 11, 2014
This is the first time the Rome school is hosting the competition, though it's been sponsored by Gallaudet University since 1997.
ROME - Kyle Savo has butterflies for the first time in awhile.The 18-year-old student will compete today in the National Academic Bowl at the New York State School for the Deaf in Rome for the first time.
“I’m very nervous,” Savo gestured through American Sign Language. “This is my first year. I have to just stay focused and do what I know.”
This is the first time the Rome school is hosting the competition, though it’s been sponsored by Gallaudet University since 1997.
“This is probably the most prestigious academic event for schools of the deaf and hard of hearing in the nation,” Superintendent David Hubman said. “It brings deaf and hard-of-hearing kids from all over the region.”
Sixteen teams from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island will compete in the Northeast regional competition — a team of four from NYSSD — and the top four teams will advance to Washington, D.C.
School officials said the bowl promotes “academic competition among school teams and fosters academic excellence and achievement among deaf and hard-of-hearing students across the country.”
The Rome team — which has been practicing for at least three months — consists of students Francesca Zegarelli, 17; Miranda Matthews, 17; Snowy Jenner, 18; and Sova. Their coaches are Gloria Broadbent and Kelli Ramer, both teachers at the school.