SCF Brain Bowl Champions Host First High School Tournament

(Bradenton, Fla., April 25, 2015) – Saint Stephens Episcopal School was the winner of the Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld High School Brain Bowl Tournament hosted by the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Brain Bowl team at SCF Bradenton April 25. Students named the tournament in honor of SCF President Probstfeld for her strong support of the Brain Bowl team, which became the first SCF Brain Bowl team to win state and national tournaments and defeat prestigious universities, including Duke University and University of Alabama.

Teams from SCF Collegiate School (SCFCS), Bayshore High School, Manatee High School and Saint Stephens Episcopal School competed in the high school tournament. The competition was an opportunity for high school students to test their knowledge in a number of subject areas, including mathematics, geography, history, philosophy, literature, chemistry, biology and more.

"I am so proud of our Brain Bowl students for their hard work this season, and I appreciate their efforts in hosting a tournament and sharing their wonderful experiences with high school students. Many of our team members are continuing their education at Florida colleges and universities next fall, but before they graduate, they are trying to recruit the next generation of Brain Bowl competitors so that SCF can continue the winning streak," Probstfeld said.

Carlyle Styer, an SCFCS student who is simultaneously earning a high school diploma and completing the first two years of college at SCF, competed with the SCF Brain Bowl Fire team and SCFCS team. He said that competing on the Brain Bowl team has been one of the best experiences of his life.

"Brain Bowl has truly taught me to love learning in a way that I never really had experienced. I'm a competitive person so it challenged and motivated me to gain knowledge that I wasn't forced to learn. I hope that today's tournament sparked that same interest in high school students," he said.

Styer plans to attend law school after he earns a bachelor's degree in psychology from New College. His goal is to become an attorney and later the president of the United States.

For the first time in the college's history, the SCF Brain Bowl Fire team won the 2015 National Community College Championship Tournament Feb. 27-28 and received an invitation to compete in the 2015 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament, the national championship for four-year schools, where they ranked ahead of prestigious Duke University and University of Alabama in the College Division II. The team also claimed first place in the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) State Tournament at Pasco-Hernando State College March 13-14.

Christina Dwyer, SCF assistant professor, mathematics, and Hyun Kim, associate professor, art, design, humanities, are the SCF Brain Bowl team's coaches.

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