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Bushnell-Prairie advances to championship of WGEM Academic Challenge

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 14, 2019 4:30 pm

QUINCY -- Bushnell-Prairie High School has advanced to the championship round of the WGEM Academic Challenge quiz bowl tournament.

Bushnell-Prairie defeated Clopton High School 220 to 130 in a semifinal match that aired last weekend on WGEM.

Bushnell-Prairie now will play Palmyra High School in the championship match, which will be broadcast at 6:30 p.m. Saturday on WGEM (NBC) and again at 9 p.m. Sunday on WGEM (FOX) and at 10:30 p.m. Sunday on WGEM (NBC). In addition, the championship match will air on WGEM News Talk FM 105.1 at 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday.

The WGEM Academic Challenge features 16 schools from the competing in 15 matches. The final seven matches, including the championship, are broadcast on WGEM.

Bushnell-Prairie and Clopton appeared in the sixth televised contest.

Members of the Bushnell-Prairie team are Noah Cox, Kenny Suter, Ilese Rodeffer, Keith Hoyle, Seth Brown and Emma Bradford. Katie Caulkins is coach.

Members of the Clopton team are Danielle Illy, Damian Walker, Dylan Smith, Robert Rothbard, Shawn Yates, Kari Leake, Evan Lagemann and Avery Hall. Andy VanBebber is coach.

The host of this year's tournament is WGEM's sports director Tony Cornish Jr. The series is co-sponsored by John Wood Community College and WGEM.

Judges for the 2019 challenge are JWCC faculty members Melissa Knapp, assistant professor of mathematics; Mike Terry, interim dean of arts and sciences; and Randy Wolfmeyer, assistant professor of engineering.

The series is carried out under the direction of Shawn Dickerman, WGEM marketing director.

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