What is the thing the Souls won in the book "View From Saturday"?

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In a literal sense, the Souls win the Academic Decathlon State Championship, an accomplishment which is especially notable because the team is made up of sixth graders instead of the usual eighth graders.  In a metaphorical sense, the winning of the Championship reflects something greater that each of the individuals involved "win" in their personal journeys of growth and development.  In order to achieve their academic victory and personal triumphs, the Souls must overcome tremendous obstacles along the way.

Mrs. Olinski, the Souls' moderator, is confined to a wheelchair.  Through the friendship of the Souls, she finds acceptance and confidence in herself.  Julian, an immigrant from India, finds acceptance of a different sort by gathering the Souls together.  Nadia, bitter about being shuttled back and forth in her parents' broken marriage, discovers understanding by stepping outside herself to rescue endangered turtles.  Noah reconciles the fact that oftentimes his own journey is entangled in those of his older relatives, and Ethan, who tends to be antisocial, learns the joy of friendship through his initially difficult interaction with Julian on the bus. 

Winning the championship is the result of a joint effort by the Souls; in the same way, the gains that they each make in their individual journeys of discovery are a direct result of the kindness and support they share with each other.

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The Academic Decathlon State Championship or Academic Bowl. What the prize was is a trophy. The trophy was called the loving cup because of 2 reasons. The first reason is because a trophy with 2 handles is traditionally called a loving cup and the second reason is because Ethan, Nadia, Noah, and Julian all have great attitudes.

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