UM To Host Fifth Annual Montana Academic State Championship

April 15, 2015

MISSOULA – Thinking caps must be worn at all times when the University of Montana hosts the fifth annual Montana Academic State Championship Monday and Tuesday, April 20-21, in the University Center.

Students from 11 schools will compete this year, arriving April 20 for a dinner and social followed by a campus tour. Monday night’s events will take place from 6 to 7:45 p.m. on the third floor of the UC.

UM President Royce Engstrom, UM Vice President for Integrated Communications Peggy Kuhr, Missoula Mayor John Engen and Academic State Championship Co-Coordinator Merle Johnston will speak at the dinner. Numerous faculty members also will attend.

The competition will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in UC Rooms 330-332 and 326-327. Sponsored by UM and NorthWestern Energy, the championship is a round-robin quiz tournament. To qualify, teams must place in regional tournaments.

Questions will cover high school subjects, as well as pop culture and recent news. Each school will square off against one another during the morning preliminary rounds, and schools with the best records will advance to the championship rounds in the afternoon.

This year’s participating high schools are Billings Skyview, Billings Senior, Frenchtown, Glendive, Great Falls High, Lewistown, Livingston, Three Forks, Sentinel, Shelby, and Stevensville. 

For more information call Johnston, retired Frenchtown teacher and co-coordinator of the event, at 406-727-2842 or email

Contact: Merle Johnston, Montana Academic State Championship co-coordinator, 406-830-8015,