The Suncoast Credit Union in coordination with the DeSoto County Education Foundation contributed $1,500 in scholarships to the winners of this year’s John Schudel Memorial Academic Team Tournament, held Saturday, May 9th at DeSoto County High School. This event was held in memory of DHS English teacher John C. Schudel, a former Academic Team coach, who passed in 2010. During his time with Academic Team, “Mr. Shoe” led the team to win the State Championship three times and also led Team Florida to win the Nationals in 1999.
This year, a total of 8 teams from the following schools participated in the Challenge: Bishop Verot (Lee), Palmetto Ridge (Collier), Lemon Bay (Charlotte), Santa Fe (Polk), Clewiston (Hendry) and DeSoto.
Andrew Hagen (DHS teacher and DeSoto A-Team Coach) quote: “There is no better way to preserve Mr. Shoe’s memory than by getting out the buzzers and playing a few rounds. It was a great success. I’m so thankful for all the volunteers this year and the support from Suncoast Credit Union.”
The overall team standing:
1st Santa Fe High School – Polk County
2nd Bishop Verot – Lee County
3rd DeSoto A – DeSoto County High School