DuBOIS — Teams of students from six different middle schools will test their knowledge of literature, history, math and science tonight in the 21st Annual Junior Academic Challenge at Penn State DuBois. Returning for this year’s competition are the Brookville, DuBois, Brockway, St. Marys and Clearfield Area school districts as well as the DuBois Central Catholic Middle School.

Coordinated by Penn State DuBois and members of the DuBois community, the Junior and Senior Academic Challenges were said to be the first events of their kind in the region. Carol Foltz, a realtor for Coldwell Banker Developac Realty and the event’s organizer, said the tradition began 30 years ago.

“I think (the students) really enjoy having the competition between local schools,” she said.

The students will be quizzed in a mix of oral questions on a variety of subjects, including current events. The competition will consist of preliminary rounds that determine four finalists, and two final rounds.

Foltz said the questions will be mostly random, so preparation can be tricky. The students participated in a practice round last week.

Foltz said the competition is unique in that it consists mostly of local schools where larger ones draw from a larger pool.

Unlike last year, the Punxsutawney Area School District will not be competing in the challenge, and State Rep. Matt Gabler will not be emceeing as he is currently deployed with the U.S. National Guard. Punxsutawney will be competing in the Senior Academic Challenge, which will take place at Penn State DuBois later this month.

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