Millburn's Sixth Grade Team are finalists in the Essex County Academically Speaking Tournament. Academically Speaking is a contest run by the Essex County Gifted and Talented Steering Committee. In this Jeopardy-like tournament, students answer questions in 5 different rounds on a variety of topics including math, science, geography, sports, arts, grammar and literature, and current events. Using buzzers and answering at lightning speeds, students gain and lose points as they answer individually and in team rounds.
Millburn's team of 6th graders from Millburn Middle School had to win in their three previous matches, including the latest on Wednesday, May 5 against Mt. Pleasant School in Livingston, to get to the finals. Finals against Nutley will be held on Wednesday, May 26 in the Bloomfield Middle School. The Millburn Middle School 6th grade Academically Speaking team will be playing Nutley in the Essex County Finals on Wednesday, May 26 at 5:30 on the Bloomfield Middle School auditorium, 60 Huck Rd., Bloomfield, NJ. The finals are open to the public, and all are welcome to attend.
Millburn's Team started as an After School Club at the Middle school. The Millburn students were fortunate to have Mrs. Carol Hyde of the Essex County Steering Committee, and a Gifted and Talented teacher in West Orange, visit to help them prepare. This is the first time Millburn students have participated in the annual competition.
Shown in photo (left to right back row): Coach Mary Wiley, Coach Tom Gasbarro, Shannon Peng, Kanika Gupta, Mrs. Carol Hyde of the Essex County Steering Committee. Seated left to right: Michael Tai, Shantanu Laghate, Peter Saudino.