COLLEGE PARK, Md. – A “brain fart” over a final history question sparked anguished cries from Katherine York and chuckles from the audience attending the 7th annual Scholastic Olympics Saturday (5/6) at the College Park Aviation Museum.
The Eleanor Roosevelt High School senior grabbed her head in despair when moderator Mark Naydan, a social studies teacher at Northwestern High School, intoned: “Who was the Vice President under Barack Obama?”
York whispered to herself, “You know this,” as a competing student buzzed in and blurted, “Joe Biden.”
Despite the mental lapse, York won first place in the U.S. History competition to claim the $500 prize and gold medal. Another Roosevelt senior, Dagmawi Sirak, took the $300 second-place prize and silver medal. Daisy Noel Ndofor of Largo won third place, $200 and the bronze medal. [READ MORE]