Here at Churchland High School, we have many great parts to our athletic program. It includes very good baseball, softball, field hockey, track, and basketball athletes. But one team that eludes the eye of the common Churchland student, is our scholastic bowl team.
It’s like taking a few very smart kids, loading them with useless facts, and putting them up against other schools in a game somewhat like Jeopardy.
Our scholastic bowl team, even though overlooked and unrecognized by most, has a few things that no other Churchland team has. The scholastic bowl team won their conference championship this year, and as of this moment, no other Churchland team has done the same. And it’s all because of a handful of gifted kids, one of which is the team genius, Sahdiah Cox.
Sahdiah is a tenth grader in her second season on the team. In her freshman year, she won the MVP award for outstanding achievement, and pretty much has it in the bag for winning it a second time.
She can’t be stopped in a match, answering questions about any subject lightning fast. When asked how she does it, and frankly how she is so smart, Sahdiah said, “I have a lot of random knowledge that helps me answer questions. A lot of the questions I answer aren’t things I’ve studied; they’re things I’ve just picked up.”
But she does study her heart out, constantly reading and seeking out new information. This girl isn’t only a wiz in scholastic bowl competitions, but she excels in her school work and is a wonderful flute player.
Sahdiah is only a sophomore, but she has already shown that she has the brainpower to change the world. So don’t be surprised if in five years you’re being operated on by Dr. Sahdiah, or you work for Fortune 500 Sahdiah, Inc.
She led her team to the regional tournament on February 4th, beating out powerhouse Deep Creek in regular conference play, but ended up falling a little short in the tournament.
Next year, Churchland may be home to a regional champion team. If we do bring home the gold, just know that Sahdiah Cox was an important piece to the winning puzzle.
Photo: Ian Robinson