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Students go head-to-head in brainy competition

Updated: Apr 9, 2019

Fletcher High School’s Brain Brawl Team listening closely to the moderator during the first round of the competition against Ed White High School.

March 8, 2019 - They didn’t wear helmets or shoulder pads, but dozens of Duval County students still went head-to-head in the district’s annual Brain Brawl competition on Saturday. The brainy battle culminated with Stanton College Preparatory School, Fletcher High School and Mandarin High School placing at the top.

Students answered questions on topics ranging from history and literature to current events and popular culture. Points were awarded for getting the answer right and answering it quickly.

Students and coaches say practicing for an event like this is not easy. Students on the varsity teams gathered once or twice a week for practice. Some coaches, like Fletcher High School’s James Allen, used old Brain Brawl questions to prepare students for the big event.

Others, like Atlantic Coast High School teacher and Brain Brawl Coach, Joseph Frencl, encourage students to watch Jeopardy at home. Brain Brawl mimics the popular game show with its variety and intensity of questions.

“The information gained from participating in Brain Brawl helps reinforce the classroom curriculum and emphasizes the importance of being a well-informed, educated citizen of the world,” said Frencl.

Congratulations to the winners and all participants of this brainy competition!


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