Members of the Illini West High School Quiz Bowl team advanced to the semifinal round of the WGEM Academic Challenge Quiz Bowl Tournament with a 250 to 145 win over Clark County High School on Saturday, February 9.  This match was the second in a seven-part television series airing weekly on WGEM NBC, WGEM FOX and WGEM News Talk FM 105.1.

Members of the Illini West High School include: Hunter Boston, Mason Burling, Laura Carpenter, Abby Johnson, Logan Little, Donovan Squier, Tanner Miller and Bryce Payne. The Illini West team is coached by Kim Johnson and Connie Flesner.

Clark County team members include: Kevin Smith, Andrew Moore, Austin Hardy, Caleb Hammond, Dane Brewer, Carson Clark, William Queen and Donald Anderson. The Clark County team is coached by John Reardon.

The next match between Clopton High School and Scotland County High School will air Saturday February 16, at 6:30 p.m. on WGEM NBC and again Sunday, February 17, at 9:00 p.m. on WGEM FOX TV and at 10:30 p.m. on WGEM NBC. In addition, the match will air on WGEM News Talk FM 105.1 Saturday, February 16, at 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 17, at 7:00 a.m.

The WGEM Academic Challenge features 16 schools from the tri-state region competing in 15 matches.  The host of this year’s tournament is WGEM Sports Director Tony Cornish Jr.  The series is co-sponsored by John Wood Community College and WGEM.

Judges for the 2019 Academic Challenge are JWCC faculty members Melissa Knapp, assistant professor of mathematics; Mike Terry, chair and professor of language, literature and humanities; and Dr. Randy Wolfmeyer, assistant professor of engineering. The series is under the direction of Shawn Dickerman, marketing manager at WGEM.