Teams from eight area schools will square off when the High Achievers Academic Bowl returns to the Penn State Harrisburg campus for the eighteenth year on Thursday, March 22.
The event, sponsored by the Penn State Office of Multicultural Recruitment and Community Affairs, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Student Center of the Capital Union Building. The program is free and open to the public.
Students from Central Dauphin East Middle School, Central Dauphin Middle School, George W. Feaser Middle School, Harrisburg Math and Science Academy, Linglestown Middle School, Northern Lebanon Middle School, Susquehanna Township Middle School, and Swatara Middle School will participate. Each team consists of five participants and two alternates. Only seventh and eighth grade students are permitted to compete. Students are coached by school staff.
The competition utilizes three sources: "The Black Americans of Achievement Game," "The African American Facts and Trivia," and the "African, Asian, and Hispanics Collections." Included are questions about the accomplishments and achievements of Black Americans and information about other cultures.
Through studying the questions and using the information presented during Black History Month observances, students will gain a greater understanding and appreciation for cultural and ethnic diversity. Multi-ethnic team participation is encouraged. The bowl game concept is designed to promote teamwork, study for retention, rewards for academic excellence, and provides the University an opportunity to outreach to young students. More than 900 students have participated in the Academic Bowl over the 17-year period.
Prizes will be awarded to all participating students and schools. The first place team will receive a school trophy and all schools will receive books to enhance their library diversity collections.
For Information, phone 717-948-6297.