DuBois, PA – Today is the Junior Scholastic Challenge, which is now in its 23rd year! It’s a battle of wit between local schools to see which team can answer the most questions correctly… about a wide variety of subjects!

It’s happening tonight, Thursday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Penn State DuBois.

The Senior Scholastic Challenge has been an annual event for 33 years now and will be held two weeks later in the same place, on March 12.

Carol Foltz, the longtime organizer of the event, says that, even though the students get prizes, most of the kids are there just to have fun and show off their skills.

Listen to the full interview with Carol, including why she loves seeing the kids compete, why the program was started, and even some examples of some questions the students might be asked.

The Junior Scholastic Challenge is tonight, Thursday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Penn State DuBois in the Hiller Auditorium.

The senior teams will practice on March 4, then the Senior Scholastic Challenge will be held on Thursday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Penn State DuBois, Hiller Auditorium.

The challenges are open to the public and free to attend! Please come to cheer on our students and see how much they know! You’ll be impressed. They love to have a big audience.

Students will be competing from DuBois, DuBois Central Catholic, Brockway, Brookville, Clearfield, Punxsutawney, and St. Marys.

DCC won both the Junior and Senior Scholastic Challenges in 2019.

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Click Here to see the photos, videos, and results from the 2019 Junior Scholastic Challenge.

Click Here to see the photos, video, and results from the 2019 Senior Scholastic Challenge.

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Curious about what kind of questions the students are asked? Here are some samples from last year’s challenge. The questions are never re-used, except for at practices.

 

What word completes this first line of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451? “It was a pleasure to….”

  • burn

A grocery sack contains 15 apples, 20 pears, and 15 nectarines. What is the probability that the first fruit you pull out will be a pear?

  • 2 in 5 (or .4)

What vitamin present in caribou liver, seal brain, raw kelp, whale skin, and muktuk prevented the development of scurvy among Eskimos?

  • vitamin C

How does this proverb usually begin? “A foll and his money is a friend indeed.”

  • A friend in need

What number indicates the baseball player in right field?

  • 9

What is the average speed of a dirt bike that traveled 280 miles in 4 hours and 40 minutes?

  • 60 mph

What is the meaning of the suffix in such words as larygoscope, bronchoscope, otoscope, and arthroscope?

  • look at (see, view)

The Yucatan Abyssal Plain is region beneath what sea?

  • Caribbean Sea