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Mrs. Olinski is thinking about how she selected the four members of her team—all from the sixth grade at a school called Epiphany—to participate in the Academic Bowl. She doesn't really dig into this thought process until the whole Bowl is nearly over.
By the way, this team is clearly awesome because it's called The Souls.
Time for the action. It's the day of the final Bowl competition, and Mrs. O's team is going up against the older kids from a school called Maxwell.
As you might have guessed, her students are the underdogs.
Setting: a cold schoolroom in May, in Albany, New York. Everyone's gearing up for the final match.
The state commissioner of education (fancy title alert!) asks the first question—it's about calligraphy.
Cue Noah, one of the members of Mrs. Olinski's team.