Academic


Academic Super Bowl Team

Description: The team consists of squads in the following subject areas: English, Fine Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The season begins in early December and runs through April or May depending on whether a squad qualifies for state competition.

Activities: Squads are involved in competition throughout the academic season. Each squad studies material related to the theme for that year.

Requirements: Open to all students. You must attend before-school practices and three after-school meets as well as read and study prior to competitions.

Lettering Requirements: After two years as a team member, you receive an academic letter, numerals, team patch, and a chevron for each year on the team.


Scrabble Club

Description: Members play Scrabble at a more competitive level than most home games and improve their skills playing in competitions. Club members have the opportunity to master important word lists, learn vital strategies, and practice regularly. Playing Scrabble has been shown to improve math skills, spelling, spatial thinking, and vocabulary.

Activities: Scrabble Club will meet after school weekly from 3:15 - 4:30. Meetings begin with Scrabble strategy, followed by about one hour of games. The Scrabble Club sponsors an annual February Scrabble tournament open to the entire school.

Requirements: Any BD student or faculty member may join. The only requirement an interest in playing competitive Scrabble.


Speech Team

Description: Students compete in various categories of public speaking. See links below for more details. 

Activities: Activities include practicing one day each week after school and participating in selected speech meets.
    Speech Team Boosters
    Speech Team Categories
    Speech Team Guidelines
    Judging Instructions

Requirements: Speech is open to all students. 


Spell Bowl Team

Practice Times: The Spell Bowl Team will hold its meetings before school from 7:15 - 7:45 a.m. every Monday and Friday through October.

Description: Spell Bowl runs from mid-August to mid-October or November, depending upon whether the team qualifies for the State Finals. Spell Bowl Team is a group effort. There are 10 members on each team. Each person writes 9 words, but it is the total score that determines whether the team wins and in which place.

Requirements: Open to all grade levels. You must attend before-school practices and three after-school meets. There is a list of approximately 3500 words that students will study for the competitions.

Lettering Requirements: After two years as a team member, students will receive an academic letter, numerals, team patch, and chevron for each year on the team.