It’s hard to believe it is already November of my senior year! So many things are happening at once, including college applications, National Art Honor Society projects, and Academic Team tournaments. Although it is a hectic time, it is also very exciting to see how much the Academic Team has grown. This is my third year with the team since I started in sophomore year in 2011. Back then, there were only seven players but now there are twenty! The team hasn’t just grown in numbers though. In my two years as a captain, I have seen the players go from being intimidated of the bowl questions to being active competitors. They learn to take risks, and to know their own strengths and weaknesses. At the same time, they have learned to depend on each other, especially during the team questions. The personal growth of each member has contributed to our development as a group and our success. With a strong number of players, I am confident that the Academic Team will do well this season and continue to do so in the future.
Academic Team certainly has shaped my own way of thinking, especially with tackling problems. Analyzing questions and making quick decisions was helpful in preparing for the PSAT or National Merit Scholar Qualifying Test (NMSQT). Many of the questions on the PSAT, whether in reading, writing or math, require those same skills. In addition, practicing questions with the team helped me focus on the areas I needed to improve on. As a National Merit Semifinalist, I can appreciate the benefits of those abilities and the discipline it took to do well on the exam. In all, being a part of Academic Team is a fun and rewarding experience!
— Isabela Rovira ’14
Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy