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St. Barnabas Claims Brain Brawl Championship Title

In this day-long Academic Challenge style event, teams of 7th and 8th grade boys and girls battle for the Fr. Larry Ober, S.J. Cup of Knowledge. St. Barnabas walked away with this year's Cup of Knowledge and championship title.
After a hard-fought battle, St. Barnabas School claimed the Fr. Larry Ober, S.J. Cup of Knowledge in the 2018 Brain Brawl after defeating Lakewood Catholic Academy.

For nearly 10 years, the Brain Brawl competition for grade school teams has proven to be challenging and fun for students and parents alike. Each year, 32 teams compete in eight rounds of trivia for the coveted Cup of Knowledge. The winning team gets their name on the trophy and has it to display at their school for the entire year.

The brainchild of Admissions Director Pat O’Rourke ’90 and math teacher Jon Barker ’87, the competition quizzes students on everything from English to sports, pop culture to mathematics. The two write every question themselves, keeping each year fresh and challenging.

“It’s a fun day for the teams, it’s fun for our faculty and staff that help read and score throughout the day,” says O’Rourke. “It’s great to see students spending their Saturday challenging themselves academically and working together with their teammates toward a common goal.”

The tournament winners in each bracket for the 2018 Brain Brawl are:
  1. St. Barnabas - Flight A
  2. Ruffing Montessori West - Flight B
  3. St. Thomas More - Flight C
  4. Our Lady of Angels - Flight D
Congratulations to all our teams that participated. We can't wait to see who returns for the challenge next year!