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Boonsboro team to appear on 'It's Academic'

March 27, 1997

By BRENDAN KIRBY

Staff Writer

BOONSBORO - It's not prime time, but the three Boonsboro High School students who will appear on television this Saturday are not complaining.

The students, members of the school's academic challenge team, will appear on the "It's Academic" show at 9 a.m. on WJZ, Channel 13. The show, a competition with two other schools, was taped in February.

English teacher Steve Lemonakis, who coaches the team, said Boonsboro brought a band, cheerleaders and enthusiastic partisans to the taping in Baltimore.

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"It was a very small audience, although most of it was Boonsboro people," he said.

The half-hour competition quizzes students for several rounds on topics ranging from current events to science.

Junior Will Keller, 16, said he is hoping the team will be selected to appear on the program again next year. He said it was intimidating the first time.

"I was very nervous," he said. "You can tell that when you watch the show, unless they edited that out."

Lemonakis, who also coaches the girls softball team, said the students practiced by quizzing each other, reading books of cultural literacy and studying from lists of questions.

To simulate the competition, he said two student teams scrimmaged a faculty team.

The teachers came in third.

"I couldn't get another team of faculty members to do it," Lemonakis said.

Keller, who will captain the team next year, stressed the importance of reflexes.

"Knowledge helps a lot, but if you can't buzz in, you don't have a chance," he said.

The other team members were senior Rachel Otzelberger and junior Tyler Newman.

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