John Wood Community College and WGEM will launch the 27th season of the Academic Challenge Quiz Bowl Tournament on Saturday, February 4, with the competition’s first match between Macomb High School and Bushnell Prairie City High School airing at 6:30 p.m. on WGEM NBC.

The match will be rebroadcast on Sunday, February 5, at 10:30 p.m. on WGEM FOX and again at 10:30 p.m. on WGEM NBC. In addition, the match will air on WGEM FM News Talk 105.1 Saturday, February 4 at 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 5 at 7:30 a.m.

The WGEM Academic Challenge features 16 schools from the tri-state region competing in 15 matches.  Seven contests will be broadcast, including the championship match.

Matches will air on WGEM NBC, WGEM FOX and WGEM FM News Talk 105.1.  The tournament is scheduled to air through March 19. The broadcast schedule for the other quarterfinal matches includes: February 11 and 12, Scotland County High School against North Shelby High School; February 18 and 19, Clark County High School versus Hannibal High School; and February 25 and 26 Knox County High School against Quincy Notre Dame High School.

The host of this year’s tournament is WGEM Sports Director Ben Marth. The series is co-sponsored by John Wood Community College and WGEM-TV.

Judges for the 2017 challenge include JWCC faculty members Melissa Knapp, assistant professor of mathematics; Mike Terry, interim dean of arts and sciences; and Dr. Randy Wolfmeyer, assistant professor of engineering.   The series is under the direction of Shawn Dickerman, creative services manager at WGEM.

Schools participating include:


Bushnell-Prairie City High School; Central High School (Camp Point); Illini West High School; Macomb High School; Payson Seymour High School; Quincy Notre Dame High School; Quincy Senior High School; and Unity High School (Mendon)


Central Lee High School (Donnellson)


Clark County R-1 High School (Kahoka); Clopton High School Pike Co. R-III (Eolia); Hannibal High School; Knox County R-1 High School (Edina); North Shelby High School (Shelbyville); Palmyra High School; and Scotland County R-1 High School (Memphis).