Haven Middle School won the District 65 Health Bowl Challenge sponsored by NorthShore University HealthSystem on Jan. 27, at Evanston Hospital Auditorium. The championship team was composed of Haven seventh-graders Christopher Gottardi and Egan Schliesmann and sixth-graders Cassandra Duncan, Jacob Platnick, Gavin Hansen and John Martin. Caleb Hart served as an alternate.

Haven’s coach Kristin Wahlgren led her team to victory again this year, the third victory in a row. Student coaches Chirasree Mandal, Benni Keown and Jack Ruder assisted.

Mark Schroeder, community relations director for NorthShore University HealthSystem, emceed the Health Bowl Challenge before an audience of the students’ parents, siblings and grandparents. Contestants demonstrated their knowledge about everything from the circulatory system to some lesser-known body parts, and were asked questions about four topics: the human body and body systems; disease prevention; global issues; and health and nutrition. A panel of judges was on hand to confer and determine if an answer was acceptable.

Teams from Bessie Rhodes, King Lab, Chute and Nichols also participated in the event.

The Haven team was presented a trophy at the District 65 School Board meeting on June 2. Some members of the team and coach are in the photo above, surrounded by Superintendent Paul Goren on the far left, and Haven Principal Kathy Roberson and Board President Tracy Quattrocki on the right.