Academic Challenge: Championship Finale Airs Saturday, June 9

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Westfield Insurance Academic ChallengeTune in to Channel 5 this Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m. to watch students from Beachwood, Firestone and Hawken high schools compete in the Academic Challenge championship finale!

The 2011-2012 season lasted six months, with close to 80 Northern Ohio teams battling for a chance to make it to the finale. The three highest-scoring teams go on to compete against each other for the champion title. Here's a look at the schools and students who are going neck-and-neck this weekend:

Beachwood High School

  • Team: Scott Remer (Captain), James Starkman and Lizzie Bream, with John Kaminski (Adviser).
  • Qualifying Score: 770 points
  • Academic Challenge History: First time in championship.

Firestone High School

  • Team: Bijan Pakdel (Captain), Sterling Shriber II and Katie Gilbert, with Alison Seefeldt (Adviser).
  • Qualifying Score: 735 points
  • Academic Challenge History: Second time in top ten; first time in championship.

Hawken High School

  • Team: Eric Xiao (Captain), Jonathan Meckler and Adil Menon, with Stan Perry (Adviser)
  • Qualifying Score: 800 points
  • Academic Challenge History: Second time in championship; 2007-2008 season champion.

During each quiz show episode, three teams answer questions covering topics such as math, science, history and current events. Visit the News Channel 5 website for more details. Congratulations to all of this year's participating schools, and good luck to the top three contenders this weekend!

Westfield Insurance has been the proud sponsor of Academic Challenge since 2003, and awards participating schools that rank in the top ten spots a combined total of $20,000 in academic grants. The show is hosted by Meteorologist Jason Nicholas.


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