State Representative Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) recently hosted the Greater Lawrence Academic Bowl for a visit to the Massachusetts State House.
Two hundred and seventy 7th and 8th grade students from Methuen, Lawrence and Andover participated in the visit, as they toured the State House and met with Representative DiZoglio. The visit was organized by Kristen Hollenbeck, Enrichment Partnership director at the Collaborative for Regional Educational Services and Training (CREST), which produces the Academic Bowl.
The Greater Lawrence Academic Bowl is a five-month academic competition that was first started in 1987 as a means of promoting academic excellence and fostering teamwork between neighboring communities. The Academic Bowl strives to increase students’ knowledge, stimulate their imaginations and showcase their talents.
“The Academic Bowl presents an amazing opportunity for students to develop their skills and build new friendships with students from neighboring schools,” said DiZoglio. “They should be so proud of the work they’ve done and I was honored to host them for this visit to the State House.”
“The Academic Bowl is part of the Enrichment Partnership which includes the Apple Magazines, Pen Pal Program and Collaborative Arts Awards,” said Hollenbeck. “Over 10,000 students in the Merrimack Valley are impacted by the programs each year. All of the programs foster appreciation and understanding between the participating communities in the Merrimack Valley. We are very proud of our outstanding Academic Bowl students and invite all middle schools in the area to participate in this exciting educational program.”
“It was such an honor to be in the Academic Bowl,” said Methuen student Abigail Jankowski. “It feels amazing to be chosen to be part of such an important academic competition.”
“My favorite part was positive the environment,” said Lawrence student Adeliza Rosario. “The Academic Bowl motivates me to strive to be the best version of myself and keep up with others at a high academic level.”