It's Academic: February 27, 2021
- "It's Academic" with David Zahren.
DAVID ZAHREN: Teams from Westminster--
--and Archbishop Spalding meet today on "It's Academic."
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DAVID ZAHREN: Hi, everyone, I'm Dave Zahren and welcome to "It's Academic. It is a show that has been sponsored for over 50 years by Giant Food and more recently, also by Morgan State University. We're really glad you're here today, and we hope you match wits with our players and play along.
Time now to meet our first team. They hail from Westminster High School. And let's start with the captain, Sam. Sam, welcome to the show and tell us a little about yourself, please, young man.
SAM WALKER: Hi, I'm Sam Walker. I'm a senior from Westminster High School. And in addition to Academic Challenge Team, I'm also the president of Science National Honor Society and Rho Kappa. And I also want to give a shout out to my family, too, because they introduced me to such a wonderful show.
- Yeah. Hi, my name's Martin. I'm a senior at Westminster High School. In addition to "It's Academic," I'm a member of the Math Honor Society and the tennis team. And I'm also the third member of my family to be on "It's Academic."
- Hi, I'm Bradley [INAUDIBLE]. I'm also a senior in high school, actually. And in addition to Academic Challenge Team, I'm also a member on the mock trial team, and I've been in speech and debate for a few years.
DAVID ZAHREN: All right, guys, if you're ready, let's move on to our first round. Your first questions in this opening round, questions worth 20 points. No penalty should you miss. We have four questions for you.
So if you're ready, Westminster, here is your first question. Pear gone bad. Please see if you can find hidden in this phrase the name of what noble gas that makes up almost 1% of our atmosphere.
SAM WALKER: Argon.
DAVID ZAHREN: Argon it is. You are right on it. Perfect. Next, a sailor's biography. Here you have the subtitle of a book about what American revolution naval hero, the captain of the Bonhomme Richard?
- Wouldn't it be John Paul Jones, Sam?
- Yeah. I think it's John Paul Jones.
DAVID ZAHREN: It is John Paul Jones. Nice work, guys. Next, choose, please, among a jeweled sword, a golden apple, or a silver crown. Which of these was the prize when the mythical Aphrodite won the beauty contest that led to the Trojan War?
- 2, a golden apple.
SAM WALKER: Golden apple.
DAVID ZAHREN: It is a golden apple. You're on a roll. To end the first round, a quote, "knock 'em over. They dare not fire." These were the mistaken words of Crispus Attucks who led an attack on British soldiers that resulted in what deadly 1770 Massachusetts event?
- The Boston Massacre.
SAM WALKER: Boston Massacre.
DAVID ZAHREN: It is the Boston Massacre. That means you guys have now 180 points. Keep it up. And it is now time to meet the team from Bryn Mawr. And let's go and find out about each one of our players. And Lilly, you're our captain. Tell us a little about yourself, if you would.
- Hi my name's Lilly [INAUDIBLE]. I'm in the 11th grade. In addition to "It's Academic," I participate in Ethics Bowl. And I would like to thank our coaches, Coach Bowles and Coach Cullen and our alternates Natalie and Stasia.
- Hi, I'm Alex. I'm also in the 11th grade. And outside of "It's Academic," I play badminton and participate in theater.
- Hi. I'm Maggie McNeer. I'm also in 11th grade. And outside of "It's Academic," I'm a leader of our mock trial team.
DAVID ZAHREN: Terrific. All right. Nice to have you on with us. Let's get to the game. Here is the first question for you, Bryn Mawr. Bozo never cries. You won't cry either if you find in this sentence the name of what allotrope of oxygen that forms an important layer in our atmosphere.
DAVID ZAHREN: Ozone. Yeah, I heard it in triplicate. I liked it. Next, born to succeed. These words subtitle one of the many biographies of what 19th century British queen who had a very successful 64-year reign.
- I want to say Victoria, really, but I'm not sure.
- Let's go with your answer-- Victoria.
DAVID ZAHREN: That's a very good choice. It is Victoria, well done. Next, choose, please, among hardness, luster, and viscosity. The MOHS scale, M-O-H-S, classifies minerals according to which of these characteristics.
DAVID ZAHREN: Absolutely right.
- Yeah, I think it's hardness.
DAVID ZAHREN: Hardness it is. And the last question for you in this opening round is a quote. "Once an Englishman, always an Englishman." English sea captains use this slogan to justify the impressment of us sailors, a practice that was one cause of what early 19th century war?
- I think it's the War of 1812, Lilly.
DAVID ZAHREN: That is absolutely right-- War of 1812. That means you got all those right in the first round. You have 180 points. Keep it up.
It is now time to meet our third team from Archbishop Spalding High School. And let's find out about our players, and let's go first to Lucy. Lucy, tell us about yourself, please.
- Hi, I'm Lucy. I'm a sophomore at Spalding where I'm an officer in the Environmental Club. My two older siblings, Hannah and Sean, actually used to be on the show when they went to Spalding. And I'd like to thank our coaches.
DAVID ZAHREN: Wow. So it's a family tradition. You're keeping it up. We just love that. And you're going to bring a lot of honored your family, too. You've already done that before 'cause I know you've been on our show before. And Kate, nice to have you back. Tell us the Kate story.
- Hi, I'm Kate. I'm also a sophomore at Spalding, and I'm on the robotics team.
DAVID ZAHREN: Wow. Busy young lady over there. And to round out the team, we have Matt. Matt, give us your story.
- So I'm Matt. I'm a senior at Spalding. I'm an Eagle Scout, and I'm in theater.
DAVID ZAHREN: Wow. Great. Congratulations on being an Eagle. I know what that takes-- quite an accomplishment. All right, if you are ready, let's get to our opening round questions.
So Spalding, here is your first question. A safe mural-- murals are generally safe. So see if you can find in this phrase the name of what part of the body, also referred to as the thigh bone.
- So it's in the femur, I suppose.
- Yeah, femur.
DAVID ZAHREN: It's the femur. That's the F-E-M-U-R. Next, one who is joyous-- this is the meaning of the last name of what New Zealander who was overjoyed when he and Tenzing Norgay became the first men to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953? One who is joyous, the meaning of the last name of what New Zealander?
DAVID ZAHREN: Say it again, please.
DAVID ZAHREN: Hillary is right, Edmund Hillary. Excellent. Next, choose please among marl, magma, and meerschaum. Before it is exposed to air, the lava from a volcano is known as which of these?
DAVID ZAHREN: You all knew that one, excellent. And lastly, we have a quote for you. "The surface is fine and powdery." This was the second statement made by Neil Armstrong after he stepped on the moon as part of what number Apollo mission?
- 11? Was it 11?
- I think it was 11.
DAVID ZAHREN: It is Apollo 11. That means you got all those opening round questions correct. You're now at 180 points. And when we come back, we'll be taking you to the picture-perfect round. You'll want to be there. See you in a moment.
All right, Westminster time now for the picture-perfect round. We have three pictures for you. 20 points for each correct answer. 20 points off should you miss. And if you decide not to answer at all, we deduct just 10 points. So strategize accordingly.
So if you're ready, Westminster, here is your first picture. This 1905 photograph shows ships anchored near Seattle in what body of water called a sound that's an inlet of the Pacific Ocean? That's called the Puget Sound, the Puget Sound-- P-U-G-E-T. Try the math question, Westminster. What's the positive value of X in the proportion shown here?
- I think it's 8. It's 8.
DAVID ZAHREN: It is 8. That's the way to do it. Last picture-- the world's leading source of cinnamon is what small island country in the Indian Ocean whose largest city is Colombo.
- That's Sri Lanka.
- Yeah, it's Sri Lanka.
DAVID ZAHREN: It is Sri Lanka. That's the way to do it, Westminster. You now have 210 points. Keep it up.
All right, Bryn Mawr, time now for the picture-perfect round. Here is your first picture. In the title of this Dufy painting, the train is identified by what color that symbolizes sadness, and also, names a kind of music developed by African-Americans in the late 1800s.
- Lilly, I think it's blue 'cause it's blues music.
- Yeah, blues.
DAVID ZAHREN: That's right, the blues. Blue it is. Next, math question-- perform the indicated operation here, giving me your answer as a positive fraction please.
- I think that it's 2/3.
DAVID ZAHREN: It is 2/3.
- Yeah, it's 2/3.
DAVID ZAHREN: Yes, Alex you did it perfect. Next question for you, last picture. Here you see a ship in what Vietnamese Gulf-- G-U-L-F-- that named a 1964 US congressional resolution.
- I'm not knowing this one, guys. Do you guys want to have-- [INAUDIBLE] answer?
- Yeah, I think--
- I think-- I don't know.
DAVID ZAHREN: That was the Gulf of Tonkin there. But boy, you got the other ones correct, so you're now at 210 points. You're doing really well.
All right, Spalding, it is now time for the picture-perfect round, and here is your first picture. You're looking at what historic ship, nicknamed Old Ironsides.
- I don't think I have an idea, guys.
- Yeah. We should probably pass on this one, right?
- Yeah. I've heard the nickname, but I don't know what the actual name is.
DAVID ZAHREN: OK. If you pass on that one, the correct answer is the USS Constitution, Constitution. Try this question. If the line representing this equation were graphed, what would the y-intercept be?
- 5? I think it's--
DAVID ZAHREN: 5 is correct. Indeed, good answer. Last picture for you. This massive necklace was designed by a tribesman from what East African country whose largest city is Dar es Salaam?
- Oh, that sounds so familiar. I don't know if it's Ethiopia or like, Somalia, or-- no, it might-- I-- I don't want to risk it, Gus.
- Yeah. Do you guys want to pass again?
DAVID ZAHREN: Correct answer there was Tanzania, which means, Spalding, you end this round with 180 points. But there is plenty more "It's Academic" ahead. When we come back, we will meet the coaches and also get into the packet round, where there are bonus points to be earned.
It is now time to meet the coach and one of the administrators at Westminster High School. And doing the honors is our senior, Sam, the captain, Sam, take it away.
SAM WALKER: Today, we will be introducing our wonderful coach, Mrs. Tina Rowe, who is our biology teacher; and our Assistant Principal Mr. Kimani Jones.
DAVID ZAHREN: Wow. It's nice to have both of you guys here today. I know you're proud of these gentlemen here. And coach, what's it been like practicing in this COVID era where you don't get to see these guys in person? How's it been?
TINA ROWE: Yeah. It's been really crazy to teach and to coach these guys and in these crazy times. But I'm glad to see them here today.
DAVID ZAHREN: Absolutely. And boy, guys, you've shown that you've got good leadership from the coach and a lot of support there from your vice and assistant principal. And just keep it going in the game here.
We move on now to our packet round. And let me tell you, gentlemen, what's coming up. We have seven questions for you. There are no penalties to be a miss.
20 points for each correct answer. If you get all seven, and I know you can do it, I'm going to give you a 25 bonus points. So if you are ready, Westminster, here is your first packet round question.
A Bondswoman of Olden Time was the subtitle of a narrative by what Black woman abolitionist who took the word Truth as her last name?
- Let's confer. I'm thinking Patience Truth.
DAVID ZAHREN: Nice try, guys. It's Sojourner. Sojourner Truth was the right answer there. Get this next one. People aren't the only ones who can recognize themselves in a mirror. So can what largest pachyderms?
DAVID ZAHREN: Elephants, that's right. They can recognize themselves. Here's a science question for you, guys. Fusion, fixation, or ionization-- you have a choice-- which of these terms refers to the conversion of free nitrogen to ammonia?
DAVID ZAHREN: You got it. Nice job. We continue. Today, future naval personnel might attend Annapolis. But in the 15th century, they attended a school set up by what Portuguese Prince called the Navigator?
- Henry, right?
DAVID ZAHREN: Henry. You got it. Next, not all brothers live together happily and certainly not what Russian brothers named in the title of a Dostoevsky novel.
- "The Brothers Karamazov."
DAVID ZAHREN: That's it. "The Brothers Karamazov." You're on a roll. Keep it up. Here's a math question for you, Westminster. I want you to evaluate this expression, giving me your answer as an integer, please.
- You guys-- 27.
DAVID ZAHREN: It is 27. Last question for you in the round. Charged with embezzlement, future writer O. Henry became a fugitive by fleeing to what Central American country whose capital is Tegucigalpa?
DAVID ZAHREN: It is Honduras. So that means, Westminster, at this juncture, you have 330 points. Excellent work.
It is now time to meet the two coaches from Bryn Mawr High School. And doing the honors is our captain, Lilly. Lilly, it's all yours.
- Yes. I would like to introduce our ca-- our coaches, coach Cullen and Coach Bowles. Ms. Cullen is a history teacher, and Ms. Bowles is a math teacher.
DAVID ZAHREN: Thank you both for being here. And thank you, Lilly. And Coach Cullen, you know, all of these young ladies, this is their first time on the show. What recommended them to you? Did you choose them, or did they volunteer? What happened?
MS. CULLEN: Well, they were active participants in the club. And so we chose them actually as our team.
DAVID ZAHREN: Wonderful. Thank you very much. Boy, you chose well. And now let's move into the packet round. Here is your first question, Bryn Mawr.
It was in 1861 then an astronomer discovered asteroid 67, a space object also named for what largest of Earth's continents?
- Lilly, I think it's Asia.
DAVID ZAHREN: It is Asia. Good. I like how you think. One of the first widespread computer viruses was named for what Italian artist who painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel?
- Lilly, it's Michelangelo, the Sistine Chapel.
DAVID ZAHREN: You're all shaking your head. It is Michelangelo. Here's a science question for you. Choose, please, among white blood cells, blood plasma, and red blood cells. Which of these is the principal means by which oxygen is carried in human blood?
- I think it's red blood cells.
- Yeah. I think it's red, too.
DAVID ZAHREN: So red blood cells with its hemoglobin. Nicely done. We continue. In 1933, Japan withdrew its support from what international peace organization that the United States had never joined.
- It the-- Lilly, isn't a League of Nations?
- I don't know.
- I believe--
DAVID ZAHREN: You parsed every part of that clue, and you got it right. It's the League of Nations. Excellent. Next, in 1788, a strong anti-slavery essay was written by an abolitionist who chose what pen name, identifying the husband of Shakespeare's Desdemona?
- Lilly, that'd be Othello.
- Othello. Yes.
DAVID ZAHREN: It is Othello. Perfect. Here's a question for you, Bryn Mawr. I'd like you to perform the indicated operation for me, please.
- That would be negative 6 times to the sixth.
DAVID ZAHREN: Say it one more time for me.
- Negative 6 times x to the fifth.
DAVID ZAHREN: That is correct. Yes, indeed, perfect. Last question for you. 25 bonus points if you get it, Bryn Mawr. Here we go.
Though Spartacus gained fame in Rome as a slave revolt leader, he was born in Thrace, T-H-R-A-C-E, a region that now lies partly in what country where Sofia is the capital?
- I think it's Turkey.
- It's Bulgaria.
- Or Bulgaria.
- No. You go, Lilly.
- I think it's Bulgaria.
DAVID ZAHREN: Lilly says it's Bulgaria, and she is correct. That means you get 25 bonus points. Bryn Mawr, that's the way to play it.
That means you've got 375 points. You're on a roll, Bryn Mawr. Good job.
All right. It is now time to meet the two coaches from Archbishop Spalding High School. And our captain Kate is going to do the honors. Go-- go to it, Kate.
- Hi. So today, we have Mr. McGrain and Ms. Malcolm. Mr. McGrain actually teaches economics and world history at Spalding. And Ms. Malcolm teaches French and Spanish.
DAVID ZAHREN: Wow. Some powerhouse is over there at Spalding. Thank you both for being here.
And Coach McGrain, let me ask you. You know, obviously, these young people are whip smart. But there seem to be-- they've got great characters, I'm sure. Tell us what you are proudest of with these three players.
- I think we are proudest of how they work together and how they kind of show up and support each other in everything they do.
DAVID ZAHREN: That's wonderful. Yeah. That is certainly in evidence here. Thank you. And now it is time to move into the packet round. And if you are ready, Spalding, let's begin.
Here is your first question. Had they continued down the Mississippi River in 1673, explorers Marquette and Joliet would have come to what body of water the Mississippi empties into?
- This is--
- Gulf of Mexico, maybe?
- --Gulf of Mexico, right?
DAVID ZAHREN: Gulf of Mexico is the correct answer, indeed. Next, in 1967, the world's first heart transplant took place in what country that later elected Nelson Mandela as its first Black president?
- I think it's South Africa, I reckon.
- Yeah, South Africa.
DAVID ZAHREN: It is South Africa. Yes. Here's a science question for you. Choose, please, among euglena, gastropod, and saprophyte. Which of these is a unicellular organism that lives in fresh water and moves by means of a flagellum?
- Gastropod sound right, I think. That's what I've heard.
- I might guess the--
DAVID ZAHREN: Actually, it is the first one, euglena. A lot of you might have seen it under a microscope at one point. We continue. Although he had the Greek word for many in his name, Polyphemus was of what mythical race of creatures who had only one eye?
- A Cyclops.
DAVID ZAHREN: Yeah. That's it, good answer. A hyena, an orangutan, a zebra, and a tiger named Richard Parker end up in a lifeboat with a 16-year-old boy in what novel by Yann Martel?
- It sounds maybe like the "Life of Pi." Does that sound--
DAVID ZAHREN: That's it. It is the "Life of Pi." excellent work there, thank you. Here's a math question for you. I'd like for you to solve for n for me, please.
- It's-- OK. I think it might be 14 'cause that way--
- That's 42 divided by 3.
- Right, right, right, right, so--
- I think 14 seems right--
- I think it is right.
DAVID ZAHREN: It is 14, and you are right. We move on to the last question in the packet round here. In the book "Breakfast with Buddah," we don't meet Buddah, we do meet a monk from what Asian country whose capital is Ulaanbaatar?
- That's Mongolia.
DAVID ZAHREN: It is Mongolia. Nice round for you, Spalding. You have 300 points at this juncture, just one round left. And that round is the grab bag. And when we come back, we'll be asking those final questions. Don't go away.
All right, Westminster, time for the grab bag. The finale in this final round, questions worth 20 points, up 20 points off should you miss.
We have one visual worth 30 points, 30 points off should you miss. And you, again, have that option of not answering and losing just 10 points. So if you're ready, guys, we begin. Some of the headgear worn by flight crews on aircraft carriers is nicknamed for what cartoon rodent created by Walt Disney in the 1920s?
- Yeah, Mickey Mouse.
DAVID ZAHREN: Mickey Mouse is correct. We continue. Sleeping in class is frowned upon. But what great Frankish King, who died in 814, practiced sleeping on books as a way of obtaining an education?
DAVID ZAHREN: Charlemagne. You got it. Perfect, you were right on it. Here's a choice. You would expect to find elements with large electronegativity values in halogens, rare earths, or metalloids.
- Guys, I think it's halogens 'cause that's what--
DAVID ZAHREN: It is halogens. Right on, that's perfect. Last question of the game as a visual, gentlemen. It's a 30-point question. Though he was born on the 4th of July in 1807, and at one time planned to become an American citizen, what Italian revolutionary instead became the leader of Italy's red shirts?
SAM WALKER: Gibalari.
- If we don't know, we shouldn't answer, I don't think, if we're not, like, sure 'cause it's 30 points off.
DAVID ZAHREN: All right, captain, what's your choice? What do you want to do? Sam, what are you going to do?
SAM WALKER: I want to-- I say we risk it.
- OK. Go ahead.
SAM WALKER: Gibalari.
DAVID ZAHREN: Say it again.
SAM WALKER: Gibalari.
DAVID ZAHREN: It was Garibaldi, Garibaldi. Nice try there though, Sam. Your final score here, Westminster, is 360. You did beautiful work here today.
All right Bryn Mawr, now time for the grab bag, the finale. For more questions for you. Here's your first one. You will need what type of animal if you competed-- wanted to compete in the annual Alaska Iditarod Race?
- That would be a husky, right?
- Yeah, a dog.
DAVID ZAHREN: That's right. A husky it is. Good answer. Next, some experts predicted that the first World War would be over quickly, when in 1914, German troops easily crossed what French river with an M-initialed name?
- Do you want to submit no answer, guys?
- I am not sure, so.
- I'm not sure either.
DAVID ZAHREN: OK. Are we going to pass on this one then?
DAVID ZAHREN: Correct answer was the Marne, the Marne, M-A-R-N-E. Next question is a choice. Calcium chloride is often used in the laboratory as which of the following-- a drying agent, an anti-foaming agent, or a catalyst?
- I think-- I think it's a drying agent.
- I was going to say the same thing. Do you wanna--
DAVID ZAHREN: It is a drying agent. Perfect. All right, here's the 30-point visual. I like your smiles. 30-point visual. This is a portrait of what Native American chief who led his tribe in the second Seminole War, but was later captured, went on a mission of truce?
- Do you guys know this one? I'm unsure.
- Yeah. I'm unsure, too.
- Yeah. I don't think we should answer.
DAVID ZAHREN: OK. So you're not going to answer that one. Correct answer was Osceola, O-S-C-E-O-L-A. What a game you had. You end with 395 points, Bryn Mawr. You did a super job.
All right, Spalding, time for the grab bag, the finale. Let's begin. Here's your first question. The National Zoo has four scrapbooks filled with news articles published after the death of what bear who warns against wildfires?
- Smokey the Bear.
- Smokey the Bear.
DAVID ZAHREN: Smokey the Bear. I'm glad you remember him. Next, saying that the man had died as a martyr to his faith, the Russian Orthodox Church voted in the year 2000 to canonize what last Tsar of Russia?
- That sounds like Tsar Nicholas II. But I don't know, guys. What do you think?
- That's-- didn't--
- I'm pretty sure.
- Is that the second one? Is that the last one?
- Yeah, Nicholas II.
DAVID ZAHREN: It is Nicholas II. Yes, indeed. Perfect. Nice work together there. Next, here's a choice. The process of burning is primarily which of the following? Is it oxidation, reduction, or transubstantiation?
- I'm pretty sure--
- I know it's not the third one.
- Maybe oxidation, right?
- I'm pretty sure.
- 'Cause you need oxygen to burn.
DAVID ZAHREN: It is oxidation. And transubstantiation is tough to say too there, Matt. Here's the last question of the game. It's a 30-pointer. Nicknamed the Desert Fox, this is what German general whose army was finally defeated in North Africa in World War II.
- I definitely heard of this guy, but I can't-- and their names come to mind.
- Yeah. I can't think of anything. Do you guys want to pass?
- I think that'd be safe.
- I think so. I don't know.
DAVID ZAHREN: All right. You're going to pass on that one. His name was Erwin Rommel. Means you end the game with 350 points, Spalding. Good work today. And when we come back, we will have our three teams here and let you know which one is today's winner on "It's Academic.
Welcome back, everyone. Everybody that you're seeing right now should have a smile on his or her face because they all played just brilliantly here today. We're so proud of everybody. Our final tally today-- Archbishop Spalding, 350; Westminster, 360; and Bryn Mawr 395, today's winner.
Congratulations to the Martians out there. Congratulations to everybody. We hope you enjoyed being here with us today on "It's Academic." And please join me and everyone next week when we'll be featuring Catonsville, Franklin, and Walkersville on our next edition of "It's Academic." I'm Dave Zahren. Until then, bye-bye, everyone.