WHS Students Win Their Way to the Academic Challenge Championship Match

Academic Challenge Team

Wadsworth High School competed against Highland and North Royalton on Channel 5’s television show, Academic Challenge, on Saturday night and won with a score of 660 points.  This score places WHS in the top three of all schools that competed this season and advances them to the Championship Finale scheduled to air on May 24, 2018. 

“I am so proud of our team this year.  They worked hard to prepare and did not let their nerves get in the way during the competition.  They answered their questions brilliantly and with the speed needed to edge out the other schools,” stated Trish Swanson, Advisor of the Academic Challenge Team at Wadsworth.  Members of Wadsworth’s team include: Tony Batey (Jr.), Drew Cavanaugh (Jr.), and Zach Adams (Freshman).  Molly Cavanaugh (Sr.) and Katelyn Ludtke (Sophomore) served as team alternates.

“I’m glad that we were able to reflect so positively upon the Wadsworth community with our showing on the TV show,” said Tony Batey, the team’s captain.  Batey appeared on the show two years ago as a freshman.  The team competes in weekly meets with other schools in the county, but only appears on the show when invited, usually every other year. “We are looking forward to going back to compete in the championship round,” added Batey.

Academic Challenge, which has received 12 Emmy awards, is one of the longest running locally produced shows in television history, celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. According to their website, the mission of Academic Challenge, where students are the stars of each show, is to shine the spotlight on academic excellence and the importance of education in all of our communities. Each week, students representing schools from all around Northern Ohio use their brains to battle toward the season championship. Three teams compete for points by answering questions covering such topics as math, science, history and current events.  The three highest scoring teams during the season return for the championship match.  Wadsworth is proud to be one of the teams with that honor this year.

Westfield Insurance is the proud sponsor of Academic Challenge. Each season, Westfield Insurance awards over $20,000 in grant money to the top 10 scoring teams. This money must be specifically used by the winning schools for the benefit of, and to assist with, the educational needs of all students. This year, they will sponsor a live broadcast Watch Party on the night of the season finale. Be sure to tune in on May 24 at 7:30 pm.

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