It was a brilliant conclusion to the most successful season in Cloverleaf history, as the Colts Academic Challenge Team went 6-1 in the National Academic Challenge Competition in Washington D.C., June 1-3.
After racking up half a dozen wins against the top teams from all over the country, Cloverleaf entered the playoff round ranked fourth in the 56-team field. In a hard-fought match, the Colts were bested by Manheim Township-Pennsylvania by a score of 220-210. Scoring leaders for Cloverleaf were senior Luke Plazek and sophomore Brian Easterling.
While in Washington, the team was given an in-depth, behind-the-scenes guided tour of the U.S. Capital Building and sat in on a House of Representatives debate and voting session, courtesy of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown. Students also had the opportunity to ride the underground train that takes Members of Congress to and from their offices on Capitol Hill and the Capitol.
In addition to Plazek, Cloverleaf Academic Challenge Team seniors in this historic season were Haley Daugherty, Elizabeth Ditch, Lauren Huff, Dana Martin and Sarah Winnicki.
Listed below are the scores from Cloverleaf’s seven matches in the national tournament. Congratulations to the team and to Coach Cameron Flint for a memorable season. Thanks for making the Cloverleaf family so proud.
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Delaware Valley-Virginia: 210
Maple Grove-New York: 90
North West Christian-Washington State: 125
Ithaca-New York: 225
Smithtown West-New York City: 160
Schuylkill Valley-Pennsylvania: 225
Manheim Township-Pennsylvania: 220