UM to Host Seventh Annual Montana Academic State Championship

April 20, 2017

MISSOULA – Thinking caps will get a workout when the University of Montana hosts the seventh annual Montana Academic State Championship on Monday and Tuesday, April 24-25, in the University Center.

Students from 10 Montana high schools will compete this year, arriving April 24 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.

Davidson Honors College Dean Brock Tessman will welcome the students to campus on Monday evening, and the high-school students – some who have never visited Missoula – will have an opportunity to mingle over dinner and dessert with some of UM’s finest faculty, staff and student advocates from various curriculum and programs across campus.

UM President Sheila Stearns will kick off the tournament Tuesday morning at 8:25 a.m. to wish the competitors luck.

The competition will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, in UC Rooms 329-333. 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 Frenchtown, Missoula Sentinel, Columbia Falls, Lewistown, Cut Bank, Broadwater (Townsend), Belgrade, Manhattan, Billings Senior and Billings Skyview.

For more information call Johnston at 406-830-8015 or email

Contact: Merle Johnston, event coordinator, 406-830-8015,