Aspen Creek K-8 6th Grade Team wins 2014 Optimist Club Brain Bowl Championship

A six member team of sixth-grade students from Aspen Creek K-8 competed in the 2014 Colorado-Wyoming Optimist Brain Bowl Championship on Saturday, February 22 at Hamilton Middle School in Denver. The team, Caroline Cappelletti, Charlie Cappelletti, Aidan Craft, Lauren Felknor, Mitchell Martin, and Maxim Tuell, took first place among the 18 teams selected from the three regional tournaments held earlier in the year. As in the regional tournament, the team earned enough points during the morning head-to-head and written rounds to earn a berth in the afternoon’s elimination rounds. The team, self-named “The Royal Pains,” showed great teamwork and sportsmanship as they progressed through the bracket to the first place showing. They became the first team from Aspen Creek to represent BVSD in the championship tournament and the first team from the district to win a medal since a six grade team from Platt Middle School won in 2012.

In recognition of their achievement, the team was invited to lunch with BVSD Superintendent, Dr. Bruce Messinger, Board of Education member Jennie Belval, and Aspen Creek Principal, Robbyn Fernandez. "We are so proud of the vast amount of knowledge that they displayed in order to win the championship, but also of the outstanding sportsmanship that they demonstrated to represent Aspen Creek in an ethical manner. The whole Aspen Creek community is proud of this group of students", said Principal Fernandez. The team proudly wore their first place medals and presented the championship plaque to Principal Fernandez.

While the preparations for the competitions were mostly student-lead, the team certainly acknowledges and appreciates the knowledge they have attained during their years at Aspen Creek. At one point in the competition, after correctly answering several science questions relative to the Periodic Table of the Elements, the students were overheard exclaiming that Mrs. (Lisa) Sumerfield would have been so disappointed if they got those wrong! (Especially considering they had just completed that unit in science class…)

The Optimist Brain Bowl is an academic competition quiz open to Colorado and Wyoming middle school students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. The teams of students demonstrate their knowledge on a variety of subjects such as literature, history, science, grammar, math, current events, geography, and arts/entertainment in a format modeled after the 1960s GE College Bowl television program.

The Colorado Wyoming Optimist District, comprised of about 60 Individual Optimist clubs, sponsors the annual Brain Bowl as well as a variety of youth-oriented educational and service projects.

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