Gifted Harrison sixth-graders take first place gold medals in Hudson Academic Bowl

Students from Washington Middle School, Harrison, scored a big win — bringing home a first place trophy in the recent Hudson County Academic Bowl. Harrison Public Schools photo

Sixth-grade Gifted & Talented students at Washington Middle School in Harrison brought home gold.

For the first time ever, they achieved first place in the Hudson County Academic Bowl at the Arthur Couch Performing Arts Center in Secaucus recently.

The Academic Bowl addresses the mission of the Hudson County Gifted & Talented Consortium by offering students an opportunity to maximize their talents.

In addition to developing students’ abilities to solve complex problems and increased critical and high-level thinking, the bowl also provides opportunities for students to exercise public speaking and interpersonal skills.

Led by Harrison coordinators Christine Nidowicz and Karen Cristalli — and assisted by eighth-grade student ambassadors Zainab Arslan and Nicole Lin, the participants were Joanna Chen, Kevin Krasuski, Yun Lin, Alexander Pinas, Natalia Venegas Whittingham and Lucas Zheng. Each has been preparing for the academic challenge throughout the school year.

“The Academic Bowl was really fun. We started off a little slow, but then we went on a winning streak — and actually won. It was an amazing experience,” Pinas said.

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Laura Comppen | Special to The Observer