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Plymouth Scholars Charter Academy Wins a State Championship in Academic Games

Press Release

4/1/2015

PlymouthScholars_Academic Games_Pic 1.jpgPLYMOUTH, Mich., April 1, 2015—In its second year of competition, Plymouth Scholars Charter Academy brought home a state championship title at

the Academic Games Super Tournament in Grand Rapids, Mich.
 
Thirty-five students joined the team this year to compete in three of the competition categories: On-Words, On-Sets, and Equation Games. The categories are also broken down by division level with elementary, minor, and middle school players.
 
Plymouth Scholars elementary team won the state title in the On-Words category, a game that challenges students to enhance their vocabulary and spelling speed.
 
“I like On-Words because you can make words in a jiffy!” third-grade student Arjun Verma said.
 
Fourth-grade student Rajeev Budaraju explained why he likes On-Words saying, “I am a good speller and it’s sort of like Scrabble because you can connect words.”
 
The team competed against other students in six regional tournaments throughout the year, and then qualified to compete in the Super Tournament the weekend of March 4-6.
 
“Academic Games call for sustained concentration from students for extended periods of time,” explained one of the team coaches Krishna Budaraju. “The games go on from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for two to three days. It is very rewarding to see kids hold up their concentration levels, while we as adults struggle to do that for even shorter periods of time.”
 
The team brought home 13 trophies and 65 individual medals from the super tournament. While the students enjoy winning, they find the competition itself more rewarding.
 
“These games taught me confidence and how to work together as a team to accomplish a goal,” said fifth-grade student Tanmai Nimmagadda. “I can’t wait to go back next year and play more adventurous games.”
 
Teammate Sanjana Pingili said, “My favorite game is equations because I can challenge different people and learn from what I missed or couldn’t think of quickly. Every year I am learning more and more techniques, skills, and math problems.”
 
Principal Jaclyn Jeffrey said she is proud of all of the students for an outstanding showing at the super tournament. “Our students are drawing on the strong academic foundation established here at Plymouth Scholars and applying that knowledge in a very challenging environment,” Jeffrey said. “The team more than doubled in size from our first year to this year, and I hope even more students get involved next year.”
 
The team was honored in Ann Arbor, Mich. at an awards ceremony on Saturday, March 21.

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