Easton Valley High School won top honors in the 2023 Academic Quiz Bowl hosted by Clinton Community College. The Camanche High School team earned second place. Clinton High School took third place, with West Carroll High School rounding out the top four. Calamus Wheatland High School topped the consolation championship.

Teams from area high schools competed for the top award, answering questions in topics including math, history, science, language, literature, government, music, art, sports and current events. Begun in 1985 as a question and answer/fact and trivia competition, it was established with two goals in mind: to provide a fun, informative and entertaining learning experience for area students, and to provide exposure for the superior scholastic abilities of our area’s high school students.

The Easton Valley High School team is led by Coach Jenny Knutsen and includes Captain Nizhonia Schmidt, Lucas Kunde, Tyler Kunde, and Tyson Tubbs.

Each year, Clinton Community College awards trophies to the school teams placing first through fourth in the championship bracket and to the top two teams in the consolation bracket. In addition, the Paul B. Sharar Foundation awards a $1,200 scholarship to the winning high school, and a $600 scholarship to the runner-up, to be used by graduates of those schools attending Clinton Community College.

Clinton Community College President Dr. Brian Kelly commented, “What an amazing event. Thanks to everyone who contributed their time to make this possible. I was very impressed with the quality of the competition this year. The students worked very hard and represented their schools with pride. I’m already looking forward to next year!”

The Paul B. Sharar Foundation awards more than $260,000 of scholarship funding annually to deserving Clinton Community College students. The most prestigious of these scholarships are the Foundation’s Honor Scholarships. The Honor Scholarships are designated exclusively for the very best high school students. Students receiving these scholarships must have ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class and maintained a minimum of a 3.5 grade point average.

The Paul B. Sharar Foundation also offers program-specific scholarships for students enrolled in areas such as accounting, art, education, humanities, law enforcement and science. Other scholarships are designed specifically for students living in or near one of the Clinton County area communities. The Paul B. Sharar Foundation scholarships are just another way Clinton Community College makes a quality college education affordable. For more information about these scholarships, contact the Sharar Foundation Office at the college or the college’s Financial Aid Department.

Teams participating in the 2023 Academic Quiz Bowl include Calamus-Wheatland High School, Camanche High School, Clinton High School, Easton Valley High School, Erie-Prophetstown High School Coop, Fulton High School, Marquette Catholic High School, Prince of Peace Catholic School, Unity Christian High School, and West Carroll High School.

For more information, contact Heather Evans at 563-244-7007.