Congratulations to Michael Freedman, State College of Florida, our Brain Bowl Division Student of the Month! Michael was nominated by his coaches, Christina Dwyer and Michael Moore. Here's what they had to say about him:
"Michael is the Team Captain of SCF Phoenix and Co-President of SCF Brain Bowl Club. He lead the team to a 2nd place finish at CCCT, 1st at FCSAA State Brain Bowl, 2nd at Delta Burke Invitational (top CC team), 1st at NAQT South Florida Sectional, and 1st at West Central Regional. Michael has also had exceptional individual performances, regularly placing in the top ten at tournaments. This was demonstrated most recently when he won the Dave Ehlert High Point Award at State. He also placed 1st individually at Regionals, 3rd at Sectionals, 8th at Erik Korray Open, and 1st at the SCF Invitational. He is the third leading scorer all-time in SCF history with just under 4000 points overall. He also holds the distinction of having the third most powers all-time at our school with a total of 64. His ability to lead the team to historic finishes at CCCT (second best finish in school history) and at the FCSAA State Brain Bowl (2nd championship in school history) certainly places him among elite company as one of the most prolific players to ever represent the State College of Florida in Brain Bowl events both state and nationwide.
Michael leads by example through his incredible work ethic and unyielding determination. We started working with Michael in May of last year when he told us about his goals to emulate the success of last year’s Fire team. We worked intensely over the summer, holding several practices a week. After the other returning players became unable to play in the Fall for various reasons, only Michael remained – but he didn’t let this stop him from achieving his goals; instead he decided to take it upon himself to work as hard as possible to fill in the gap left by his lack of teammates. When we found new players, he took it upon himself to mentor them and teach them the game as well as appropriate study methods. He has a near perfect attendance record at practices, even going so far as to attend additional and more advanced practices at New College every week in order to gain an edge. He is the kind of student that makes being a coach easy – you set the bar high, and he sets it even higher for the rest of the students. His leadership has truly allowed the program to flourish."