UM to Host Sixth Annual Montana Academic State Championship

April 20, 2016

MISSOULA – Thinking caps must be worn at all times when the University of Montana hosts the sixth annual Montana Academic State Championship Monday and Tuesday, April 25-26, in the University Center.

Students from 11 high schools will compete this year, arriving April 25 for a dinner and social, followed by a campus tour. Monday night’s events will take place from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. on the third floor of the UC.

UM Executive Director of Student Success Brian French, UM forestry and conservation Professor Diana Six, Missoula Mayor John Engen, and retired Frenchtown teacher and Academic State Championship Co-Coordinator Merle Johnston will speak at the dinner. Numerous faculty members and student advocates also will attend.

The competition will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in UC Rooms 331-333 and 326-327. Sponsored by UM and Neely Electric, 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, Missoula Big Sky, Missoula Sentinel, Frenchtown, Lewistown, Livingston, Manhattan, Three Forks, Big Timber and Choteau.

For more information call Johnston at 406-727-2842 or email


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