A team of students from Rochester School for the Deaf (RSD) earned first-place in the Gallaudet University Northeast Regional High School Academic Bowl for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students. RSD hosted the competition December 6-7, on its St. Paul Street campus. Eighteen schools and programs for deaf and hard of hearing high school students from eight states took part in the competition.

Rochester swept the two-day academic event with 9 consecutive wins and no losses.  Second place went to EDCO at Newton North High School in Massachusetts; third place went to Monroe County (NY) #1 BOCES; and fourth place went to Southern New Hampshire. All four teams will represent the Northeast region at the National Academic Bowl, April 5-8, 2014, at Gallaudet University, in Washington, DC.

In addition to the first-place trophy earned by RSD, Rochester player David Mayes, of Penfield, NY, earned All-Star Player honors for the Buff Pool of teams.


Rochester School for the Deaf Academic Bowl Team (left to right) Teacher/Coach Scott Lipitz of Gates; Sarah Stanislow, 17, of Pittsford; Bianna Di Giovanni, 14, of Irondequoit; Samuel Marchese-Ragona, 15, of Pittsford; David Mayes, 16, of Penfield; and, Teacher/Coach Carrie Fisher, of Pittsford.