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Academic Bowl Team




The 2017-18 Indiana School for the Deaf (ISD) High School Academic Bowl team has just returned from Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C., where they defended their 2017 national title by winning the 2018 Gallaudet University National Academic Bowl. ISD’s team made school history by being the first ISD team to win back to back National Championships. Gallaudet University has sponsored Regional and National Academic Bowl competitions since 1997.


The ISD Academic Bowl Team is made up of senior, Kate Lorenzo, Indianapolis, juniors, Franco Bippus, and Caitlin Lynch, Fishers, and sophomore, Max Skjeveland, Carmel, along with their coaches, Mary Kovatch and Chuck Daube. Coaches Kovatch and Daube started ISD’s team in 1998 and are presently the coaches with the longest tenure in the nation.


Eighty-Five Schools for the Deaf and mainstream programs were involved in four regional academic bowl tournaments during December – February of this year to determine the twenty teams that would qualify for the National Academic Bowl in April. ISD qualified by placing first in the Midwest Regional Academic Bowl competition, hosted by the Iowa School for the Deaf, February 16-18, 2018. Over the past two seasons, they have amassed a 36-0 match record.


ISD defeated the Model Secondary School for the Deaf 68-66 in the championship final. Franco Bippus was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament for the second year in a row. ISD was awarded the Gallaudet University National (traveling) trophy and a silver National Championship trophy bowl. Each ISD player received an individual championship trophy, $3,000.00 scholarship to Gallaudet University (second such scholarship for repeat champions Bippus and Lorenzo) and an iPAD. The 2018 accomplishment will be added to the Gallaudet National Academic Bowl Championship banner that proudly adorns the entryway of Alumni Hall on the ISD campus, 1200 East 42nd Street in Indianapolis.


Indiana School for the Deaf Academic Bowl History:

* Five-time National Champions: 2003, 2008, 2015, 2017, 2018

* Twelve top four finishes: 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018

* Tied for the most national championships: 5

* Second in most national championship appearances; 16

* Second in most consecutive national championship appearances: 13 (2006-2018)

* First in most regional championships: 10 (2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)

* Three players named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament at the National level

* Five players named All Stars at the National level

* Twelve players named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament at the Regional level

* Three players named All Stars at the Regional level

* Coaches Mary Kovatch and Chuck Daube were named Coaches of the Tournament in 2011, the first such award given by the Gallaudet University Academic Bowl Committee. They were also the first coaches inducted into the Gallaudet University Academic Bowl Hall of Fame in 2016. Not only do they presently hold the record for the coaches with the longest tenure at twenty-one years, but their teams have won over 350 matches.

History of ISD Academic Bowl Teams
Academic Bowl Regional Championship
Championship Match:
ISD 90 vs Wyoming 48
Congratulations to the Academic Bowl Team!
Special Congratulations to Senior Kate Lorenzo for All Star and to Junior Franco Bippus for the Tournament Most Outstanding Player (second year in a row).
2018 ISD Academic Bowl Team
Second row, L-R, Caitlin Lynch, Jr., Max Skjeveland, Soph., Franco Bippus, Jr., and Kate Lorenzo, Sr., first row, L-R,  Coaches, Chuck Daube and Mary Kovatch.
The ISD Academic Bowl Team is seeking to defend their 2017 National Championship, hoping for a repeat this year!  The Midwest Regional competition will be their first steps towards that goal at the Iowa School for the Deaf from Feb. 16-18, 2018.
ISD Academic Bowl Team Members:  
Seniors - Rynata Fonseca and Isabella Paulone
Junior - Kate Lorenzo
Sophomore - Franco Bippus
Coaches (in their 19th season) Mary Kovatch and Chuck Daube
 Congratulations to our 2017 Gallaudet University National Academic Bowl Champions!

Gallaudet University Academic Bowl 


In 1997, Gallaudet University established the Academic Bowl to foster the pursuit of academic excellence and friendly competition between Deaf and Hard of Hearing High School Students.


Each year, Gallaudet University hosts five Regional competitions for a maximum of 90 teams of Deaf and Hard of Hearing high school students. After the regional competitions, 24 teams will then move on to the National competition held at Gallaudet ,in Washington, DC, every year.