GOODING, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) When the Academic Bowl team for the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind took at stage at regionals the first weekend of March, there was one person they wanted to win for. Their late coach Rose Crews.
Crews died in 2018 of cancer, and her students say she would be proud of their accomplishment of taking third place at regionals.
"This was her dream for us to place in nationals. She would be so happy, she'd be doing a happy dance in heaven,” Connor Wynn stated.
Fellow student Maizy Wilcox described Crews as passionate.
“She loved science, she loved teaching, she was really motivated, enjoyed teaching, she loved her students as well,” Wilcox explained.
Student Zack Smith explained that this is the first time the team has placed at regionals.
"We're doing something that no one else has done yet,” Smith stated.
New coach Marcos Aguilar said that Crews played a big part in the team’s success.
“With Rose, she was here for many years, and whenever I came in and helped, she had contributed so much that was a big struggle for me. So I feel like the team was ready for that too, and I was lucky, because the team knew and they were ready,” Aguilar explained.
Aguilar also said he’s proud of how they performed under pressure.
"I said believe in yourself, you can, you can do it, you're a good team, just encouraged them, you know and I was concerned about their nerves, and they needed the confidence in themselves to show up when it's game time, and be confident and ready to proceed, so I was just hopeful, and it all went very well,” Aguilar stated.
The team will take part in nationals in Washington DC in April, against 50 other teams.