Annual Riddle Bee Gets Adelphians
Thinking Outside the Box!
BAY RIDGE – Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn Upper Schoolers Arber and Isaac had a very special surprise in store for their fellow students at the schoolwide assembly on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019. The two Brain Games veterans announced that they had been secretly working on organizing this year’s Riddle Bee, coming up with new rules and riddles, and that the bee would be taking place right then and there! Two contestants from each of Adelphi’s Houses were selected to represent their house and win points in this special competition.
Adelphi’s best and brightest minds from the Middle and Upper School were called upon to put their natural critical thinking skills to the test. The contestants were Jake and Ilona from House Levermore, John and Anthony from House Ellinwood, Raneem and Rishi from House Lockwood and Adel and Kristian from House Morrill. Isaac and Arber explained the rules and point values for each riddle solved, then the competition began.
“What has a head and tail but no body?” “What do you add to one to make it go away?” “What happens once in a minute, twice in a moment, and never in a thousand years?” The housemates put their heads together to solve riddles like these and many more, each one increasing in difficulty until the extremely difficult final riddle, which stumped many in the audience as well!
After several rounds of riddles, including one round that invited each House’s Lower School members to join the competition, the winners were announced. Congratulations to Adel and Kristian of House Morrill for coming away with the most points in this exciting surprise House Wars competition!
Adelphi’s Head of School Ms. Iphigenia Romanos said, “This year’s Riddle Bee was presented as a very special surprise by Upper Schoolers Arber and Isaac, who worked hard to bring their fellow Adelphians a memorable experience to start the new trimester on an exciting note. Congratulations to all of this year’s contestants who confidently thought outside the box to solve complicated riddles when called upon to represent their housemates.”
As the oldest private, independent, continuing, coeducational, college-preparatory day school in the borough and one of the oldest in the nation, Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn, “the little school of big dreams” has been “effectively preparing young people for college, career, and life, one day at a time” for over 150 years. Founded in 1863 and located in the historic Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, Adelphi enrolls students from two years of age through twelfth grade. A strong emphasis is placed on small class size, individualized attention, self-expression, critical thinking and challenging hands-on learning through Adelphi’s founding philosophy and dedication to the education of the “total child.” Adelphi students excel within a small, intimate, safe, caring, nurturing, and secure environment through Adelphi’s core values and founding principles of pride, tradition, spirit, and excellence. The student-teacher ratio is 8 to 1 and Adelphi is a New York State Regents Exempt Program with a 100% college application, acceptance and attendance rate. A founding member of the Coalition of Essential Schools, Adelphi receives its charter from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and has been a member of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools since 1928. Ms. Iphigenia Romanos serves as Head of School.
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