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.