|An image of the final|
Martia Dementia bracket.
|Don't ask B-C's Connor Hart about what happens when|
you have Caesar and Michigan State going all the way.
The response to Martia Dementia was again overwhelming, building off last year’s success. I would like to thank all the teachers, professors, friends, students, and anyone I may have left out for their participation. I would also like to take time to acknowledge and congratulate the following for their success in this year’s competition. First, to Ryan Schumacher of the Bullis School, who only had two picks in the Sweet Sixteen, I say congratulations for having the most abysmal bracket! To Derrick Thomas III, also of the Bullis School, who, with only one correct pick in the Final Four, still managed to pick up 43 points, I would also like to say congratulations for taking third place! To Ruth Loop of the Thomas Dale High School, who managed to slip into second place with 44 points despite having one finalist, Augustus, going no further than the Sweet Sixteen, I would like to say congratulations for finishing in second place! Lastly, I congratulate the Brookfield Academy Upper School, sponsored by their teacher Ruth Osier, who, having 75% of the Final Four correct and nothing but right picks from there, won this year’s Martia Dementia!
Several (basketball) students were very amused by the idea of Greeks and Romans facing off. Heated debates began on ‘Vergil vs. Plautus’ or ‘Pompey vs. Trajan.’ Since there was such controversy, I instructed the debaters to fill out brackets and I would take the most common threads and send a copy to enter in the contest. Around a dozen students turned in forms to me. Once it was submitted, copies of our bracket were distributed to all students with an explanation of how to vote. Then we left on spring break and I assumed the students would forget to vote and it would end then. But when we returned they were excited that most (not all) of their picks were still in the running. As each round concluded and voting began again, I allowed the students to have a couple minutes at the beginning of class that day to vote. When we arrived at the final four the students started to get friends and relatives to vote. At the end of the tournament, every day the students asked if I had heard if we won because our choices seemed to move on at every level. When I was able to announce Victoria est nobis! cheers broke out. The students enjoyed the fun of the competition and I enjoyed introducing names and history lessons to the students who didn’t know all the ‘teams.’
|A Roman copy of a bust of Homer,|
in the British Museum, London.
Looking forward to next year’s Martia Dementia? Already counting down the days? Want to see an author, politician, or philosopher who did not make it into this year’s bracket? Would you rather see gods and goddesses versus heroes versus beasts? Tweet @BCPublishers what and who you would like to see, and include the hash tag #MartiaDementia or give feedback in the comments below. Did you have questions or comments about how this year’s competition went? Were you able to find ways to incorporate Martia Dementia into the classroom, or do you have ideas of how you might next year? Comment below–I would love to hear from you!