First Annual Turkey Bowl between alternative site schools

■ By Alex Cass / Contributed
his year, Alessandro High School, ACE Academy and ASPIRE Community Day School, now part of a grand tradition, got together at the Santa Fe Education Center mid-November to participate in the annual Turkey Bowl.
Alessandro and ACE competed Nov. 18 in the campus semi-final game to determine which school would compete against ASPIRE. The game that went into double overtime before ACE claimed victory with a final score of 12-4. On Nov. 20, Ace was ready to play ASPIRE but some students were unable to play, so Alessandro wound up beating ASPIRE 28-14. Since ACE beat Alessandro in the campus semi-final, they became the league champions and won this year’s Turkey Bowl.
Frank Green, currently principal at Helen Hunt Jackson College Prep High School, started the Turkey Bowl in 2009 with Michael Munnell, current assistant principal at ACE. The event has been updated over the years to include all alternative sites. The Turkey Bowl is a time-honored tradition according to Lee Clark, a teacher at Alessandro, coordinator of the event.
“The event allows students to represent their respective schools in a positive and meaningful way,” said Clark.
The Turkey Bowl trophy is now proudly in the hands of ACE, at least for the year. Next year, the trophy will be up for grabs again. Our appreciation to the ACE and ASPIRE staff for continuing this tradition for the alternative sites.

Photo courtesy of HUSD
Students compete in the alternative site Turkey Bowl.

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