TICONDEROGA - The Ticonderoga Sentinel Academic Bowl team was off to Washington, D.C., and the National Academic Championship on June 4 for the third consecutive year to compete against teams from as far away as Guam, Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Houston and St. Croix.
Eleven Ticonderoga High School students flew out of Burlington, Vt., to represent the Sentinels, including veteran captains David Mallon and Alex Walters and team members Ben Chapman, Amber Perkins, Jared Best, David Cook, Alex Durkota, Adriana Clark, Victoria Walters, Alan Zhang and Andrew terSteege. Deb Breitenbach is the team adviser. Maria Bagneschi helped to chaperone again this year.
Competitions were held at Marymount University in Arlington, Va., and the Sentinels got off to a good start with two wins on June 5 against teams from Arkansas and Pennsylvania.
After a morning of play, they headed into D.C. for a Capitol Building tour, courtesy of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, led by three of her interns. After a walking tour, dinner at the Hard Rock Caf and an evening performance of Capitol Steps, the internationally-known political satire group, the team headed back to Marymount University to prepare for a long day of competition on Saturday.
On the second day of competition, the Sentinels went on to win two more matches against teams from Virginia and Ohio, earning a playoff spot again this year. They fell to a team from Manheim Township in Lancaster, Pa. in the first round of playoffs, 290-210.
While Saturday was a long day of competing, with the final match ending just before 11 p.m., most of the Sentinel team was able to slip away in the afternoon for a visit to Arlington Cemetery, made even more memorable since it was June 6 and many World War II veterans were there participating in the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.