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Academic Challenge A Team Victorious at OMAR Tournament

Academic A Team


Congratulations to the Hastings Academic Challenge A team that competed in the OMAR tournament this past Saturday at White Plains High School.  Joel Gardner, Nate Smith, Katelin Penner, Noah Prisament and Jake Amaral won 6 out of 7 rounds in the A division, then went on to finals on Sunday and placed fourth out of 32 teams in competition overall.  And, HHS’s very own Joel Gardner was recognized as the third top individual scorer of the tournament!


Omar Q Beckins Academic Challenge, sometimes known as the Omar Q Beckins Invitational Tournament, or variations on that name, is an annual spring Chip Beall Questions Unlimited tournament in Westchester County, NY. It is usually hosted by White Plains High School since its inception in 1990 and usually serves as a sort of pre-nationals for National Academic Championship-bound teams.

The Hastings High School Academic Challenge team is advised by Eleonora Bertacchi, Chairperson of the World Language Department.