Hawken, the defending national champs, triumphed again in the Chicago phase of the Elementary National Academic Championship. Ironically, Hawken A’s sole loss in the prelims, which may prevent them from a second consecutive national title, was to Hawken B. In the first playoff match, Hawken overcame Brandeis B (KY) 325-260.
The ensuing final Hawken A vs. Brandeis A game was a classic. The Ohio team led 70-50 after the Warm-up round. They increased their lead, 110-75, during a Bonus Round which saw all tossups answered correctly, but precious little bonus points added by either team. Hawken led by that same 35-point margin going into the fourth quarter. Brandeis grabbed the first four tossups, about Picasso, civilizations, aborigines, and Baby Boomers, quickly changing the score 245-200 in their favor. Hawken answered with 80 unanswered points of their own, identifying the British national anthem, Music Theory, Anatomy, and Math. Brandeis took a 285-280 lead after questions about Harry Potter and Marilyn Monroe. Hawken answered with questions about California and Ukraine. What a game! Hawken won 320-285.
The Westwood School from Addison, Texas defeated St Peter Catholic School from Covington, Louisiana to win the Elementary division, finishing with a 7-0 record. It’s the first three-person team in the 36th year history of the National Academic Championship to win a national title.