Marianna Rotary on Sept. 17 announced the establishment of the Chipola College Brain Bowl Support Fund.
Rotary president Eddie Hopkins presented Chipola Brain Bowl coach Stan Young with an initial contribution of $500 to be administered by the Chipola Foundation.
Rotary also agreed to invite Brain Bowl team members to attend at least one annual meeting. Rotarians invite other civic clubs, local organizations as well as individuals to add to the Chipola Brain Bowl Support Fund.
Chipola captured the school’s first ever Brain Bowl State championship in March and finished second in the NAQT National Tournament in St. Louis in April.
Chipolas biggest wins at the National Tournament were against Wake Forest and Toronto, which helped Chipola advance to play for the JUCO National Championship. The team scored wins over Faulkner, Wake Forest and Gulf Coast and played against several prestigious universities, including: Harvard, Dartmouth, Stanford, MIT and Brandeis.
The Chipola 2007-08 team members were Mark Hodge, Jantzen Whitehead, Chuck Bryant, Trey Paul and Mitchell Whitehead. Three members of last year’s team—Hodge, Bryant, and Mitchell Whitehead—are currently practicing with the Florida State University Brain Bowl team. Chipola Brain Bowl coaches are Stan Young and Dr. Robert Dunkle.