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AP Biology Takes A New Take on March Madness

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Katrina Bucher, Staff

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Swoosh! Buckets! Nothing but net! That’s what March is for, right? Basketball tends to steal the spotlight for March with the highly-anticipated “March Madness” tournament for the NCAA. But AP Biology at CHS is switching it up a little bit with “March Mammal Madness”. 

“March Mammal Madness” is a tournament that focuses on simulated combat between various mammals and is run by a team of evolutionary biologists. The biologists use research and probability to determine the outcome of the fights. The fun event has only been around since 2013 but has accumulated a large following of schools all around the United States filling out brackets. 

Past AP biology teacher Mr. Rusty Long began doing mammal madness with his kids, and current AP Biology teacher Dr. Danielle Rivera is hoping to continue the tradition. 

“This is my first year teaching AP biology here, and I wanted to try something fun. The whole set-up is really cool, and it fits into our ecology unit,” stated Dr. Rivera. 

The bracket for the tournament is very similar to the regular March Madness bracket, including wild cards and seeds. Even though the mammals range from water habitats to land, the competition mammals will fight in the higher seed’s biome. Keep in mind, this is all simulated. 

“It’s actually really cool, you have to consider which environment gives which mammal the upper hand in the match. Plus, there’s a lot of mammals I’ve never heard of,” stated senior bio student Ashleigh Jankowski. 

The competition is known for throwing in some crazy twists every year, and the creators always manage to keep it fresh. 

“This year, they included mammals that are extinct, like the nimravid. It makes the researching part of its kind of cool and hard to imagine an extinct species fighting against an everyday tiger,” described senior bio student James Lagervall. 

The competition will begin on Wednesday, March 13. Follow @mammalmadness on twitter to keep up with the fun and weekly matches! 

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