DuBois, PA – Last night’s Junior Scholastic Challenge was a real nail-biter, right down to the end.
This fast-paced battle of wits kept everyone on their toes, and the final rounds were anyone’s game.
DuBois Central Catholic ended up victorious in the end with 90 total points in the final round, with DuBois Area coming in second with 80 points, and Brookville in third with 75.
Clearfield, Brockway, and St. Marys also competed in this year’s tough challenge.
To better understand the excitement of the challenge, remember that each correct answer was worth 10 points and each incorrect answer was a -5 points in the final rounds.
Mick Dowling from DuBois Area School District received the Achievement Award for both the preliminary and final round. He answer 10 correct in the preliminary and 7 correct in the final.
The other preliminary top scorers were Hayes Cooper from DCC with 7 correct. Isaac Pifer of DCC, Neel Gupta of DCC, and Jonas Parson of Brookville all had 6 correct each in the preliminary.
In the final rounds, Mick Dowling had 7 correct. Hayes Cooper of DCC and Sage Hoppe of Clearfield each had 6 correct. Bay Harper of Brookville and Jonas Parson of Brookville each had 5 correct.
The teams go home with some zoo or amusement park tickets from Sunny 106 and Connect FM, and the tops winners also get trophies.
Although the winners do get prizes, longtime organizer Carol Foltz says the students are mostly just excited to be able to compete in an academic challenge against other local kids.
Carol says she’s so proud of the teams who compete each year and is glad to be a part of this ongoing tradition.
The Senior Scholastic Challenge will be held two weeks from now, on Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 at the Hiller Auditorium on the Penn State DuBois campus. We hope to see you there!
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