Frederick’s Maryland School for the Deaf Academic Team recently took home the top prize at the 17th annual National Academic Bowl for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing High School Students, held March 9 through March 11 at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

It was the fourth straight victory for the school, which also won a title in 2005.

The MSD team had four students: senior Salomon Lundquist, junior Jehanne McCullough, sophomore Tayla Newman and senior Ethan Sonnenstrahl, who also won the most outstanding player award.

University High School, from Irvine, Calif., won second place, Tucson Area Public Schools from Arizona took home third place, and Indiana School for the Deaf of Indianapolis placed fourth.

Gallaudet University established the Academic Bowl for Deaf and Hard of Hearing High School Students in 1997. The competition consists of a question-and-answer game of general knowledge and quick recall. Questions are drawn from the following categories: history and government; language and literature; science and technology; geography; mathematics; the arts; deaf studies; current events; and pop culture, leisure, and sports.

This year’s tournament hosted 20 deaf and hard of hearing high school teams from around the country. Five regional competitions were held this winter and the first, second, third, and fourth place teams from each region competed in the national competition.