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Julie Beckwith

The month of January proved successful for a number of Altamont's academic teams and Altamont students contending in individual competitions:

JV Scholars Bowl Team
Team members Vivek Sasse, Asher Desai, Ahad Bashir, Suneeti Chambers, Benjamin Tang, and Shawn Goyal had a fantastic outing at the Alabama Scholastic Competition Association's Junior Varsity Regional Tournament, held at the University of Alabama Gadsden Center January 12-13, decisively winning all five of their matches. Altamont was the highest scoring team in the tournament and qualified for the state tournament on February 25.

Math Team
The 5th and 6th grade math team and the 7th and 8th grade math team had outstanding showings in the small school division of the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) Math Tournament, held on ASFA's campus in Birmingham on January 14. The annual tournament, for students currently enrolled in the math levels of 6th Grade, Pre-Algebra, and Algebra I, draws between 400 and 500 participants from about 20 schools.

6th Grade Math Individual Trophies
4th place: Wesley Sudarshan
6th place: Iman Zuberi
9th place: Caileigh Moose
Team Award: 1st Place Trophy

Pre-Algebra Individual Trophies
1st place: Pranav Goli
2nd place: Lila Mitchell
4th place: Sophia Sultan
10th place: Malcolm Laney
Team Award: 1st Place Trophy

Algebra Individual Trophies
1st place: Sid Doppalapudi
8th place: Jeffrey Youngson
Team Award: 3rd Place Trophy

Speech and Debate Team
David Zell and Izzy Coleman were quarterfinalists in the University of Alabama High School Speech and Debate Tournament held January 14-15.

Spelling Bee
On January 18, Sixth-grader Sid Doppalapudi won the Birmingham District Spelling Bee. With this victory he advances to the Jefferson County Spelling Bee on February 10.

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