Wii Bowling Tournament

Wii Bowling Tournament
Posted on 05/10/2017
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This time of year it is really easy for students to get distracted.  In an effort to encourage the students to stay on task and finish out the year strong, the Academy of Business and Finance and the Academy of Information Technology at University High School conducted the first annual Wii Bowling Tournament which concluded on Monday afternoon. The teachers from I.T. (Mrs. Cunningham and Mr. Thomas) and the teachers from the Academy of Business and Finance (Mrs. Moore and Mr. Ochoa) each bowled and chose ten students from each of their classes for a total of 44 bowlers.  In order to be invited to bowl the students had to meet certain requirements such as attendance, grades and behavior. For the championship game it came down to two students in a best of three showdown. Summer Montemayor who represented the Academy of Information Technology and Jordan Perkins representing the Academy of Finance. In a heated battle, Jordan Perkins was able to take the first two games and also the title of University High School’s first ever Wii Bowling Champion. 
The kids have been really excited about walking by the tournament bracket each day in the hall outside our rooms and seeing if their friends have advanced to the next round or been knocked out of the tournament. It’s been a great way to build teamwork amongst the students from each academy. Also it has been a good way to teach students that doing their best in the classroom continues to be important even at the end of the school year. The kids are already begging their teachers to be invited into the next tournament. 
How it works:
Surprisingly it takes little to no class time. If a student needs to bowl we will let them bowl the last few minutes of class or during lunch and their score goes up on the board. During the day when we see the other student they are bowling against we do the same thing. Whoever has the higher score advances…simple. Naturally, every other kid wants to take a turn, but can’t because they are not tournament eligible. It's been a great way for us to give some recognition to those students who have continued to do good work throughout the school year.

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