VSDB Academic Team Going to Georgia

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- A local school is heading down south for an academic bowl tournament with a twist.

Four students at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind are going to the Georgia School for the Deaf for the Academic Bowl Southeast Regionals.

Truly showcasing the power of hands and brains, the team will compete against other deaf and hard of hearing students from schools across the Southeast.

Coach Rhonda Jennings said it's good for the kids to meet their peers before they go to college.

"I'm really excited to meet all the other teams there and also to go to Georgia. I've been there once before for a basketball tournament, but I'm really excited to go there, I'm really looking forward to it," said Breanna Garcia, a member of the Academic Bowl team.

"This is going to be the first time I'm going to the Academic Bowl. So I'm not quite used to it. So it's going to be a more challenging experience for me, but I do kind of want to see what it's about, how it's going to go, hang out with the people that are there," said Devin Guertler, another member of the team.

"It's going to be new for me, I'm going to learn how it goes, and I think we'll pick up a lot of things there. Just excited for the experience in general," said Lourdes Benitez a third member of the team.

The team leaves early Thursday morning, and the competition begins on Friday.

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