This year, almost every one of BL’s teams can expect its schedule to be somewhat altered or even canceled entirely by the pandemic. Perhaps the one exception is the It’s Academic team, whose annual competition occurred more or less without missing a beat, except it was virtual.
Now in its sixtieth season, It’s Academic is a televised quiz show for high school students in the regions of Baltimore, Washington, and Central Virginia. Generally, competition takes place at NBC4 Studios on Baltimore’s Television Hill, just a few miles south of campus. This year, the contest was transferred to Zoom, where its format was altered slightly. (No more buzzing in to answer: each team was instead asked its own questions in turn.)
As usual, questions tested students’ knowledge in an array of academic areas ranging from calculus to grammar to American presidential history. This year’s team – comprised of juniors Ashton Morgan, Owen Reid, and Paul O’Connor – had been preparing for weeks with both in-person and online study sessions. “I thoroughly enjoyed training my mind to know random academic facts with my friends,” said Owen, whose academic schedule includes four AP classes, “I was thrilled that I finally got the chance to be on the TV team this year.”
At the competition, filmed on Saturday, November 21st, the Lakers ran into tough competition from Calvert Hall and from Howard County’s Atholton High School. Though the team did not advance, their coach Mr. Barron was nonetheless proud of his boys. “It’s amazing to me how much these guys have learned,” he said, “And they’re only juniors! I’m already excited about next year.”
The match is scheduled to air on WJZ at 10 AM on Saturday, January 23rd.
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