WINNSBORO — On March 20, the first State Championship of Academics will be held at Francis Marion University in Chapman Auditorium in Florence.
The matches will serve as the State Championships for Division II (smaller schools) and Division I (larger schools).
The first match (Division II) will begin at 10 a.m. with Fairfield Middle School from Fairfield County Schools playing Lake View Middle from Dillon District 4.
At approximately 11 a.m., Indian Land Middle School from Lancaster County Schools will take on Williams Middle School from Florence One School District for the Division I Middle School State Championship.
Trophies for the winning teams and runner-ups will be awarded at the conclusion of these two Middle School Championships, with medallions presented to all participants. Lunch will then be served in Ervin Dining Hall at Francis Marion University.
After lunch, the State Championship Division II and Division I games will be played.
At 1 p.m., Indian Land High School will play Johnsonville High School from Florence School District Five – for the Division II High School State Championship.
At 2 p.m., Lancaster High School from Lancaster County Schools will play Wilson High School from Florence One Schools for the Division I State Championship.
Bob Juback, news anchor for WBTW-TV 13 (Florence), will moderate all State Championship matches.
Approximately 105 students representing the middle and high school regional championship teams will participate in this first of its kind State Championship In Academics.
This year, the middle and high school champions in small and large school divisions from the Olde English Consortium (seven districts in the north central region of the state) will play their counterparts from the Pee Dee Education Center (22 districts representing the Pee Dee area of the state).
Both consortia conducted a series of regular season Academic Challenge matches earlier in the school year and both had tournaments at which large school and small school middle and high school teams won their respective championships. Those teams are the ones playing on March 20.
Dr. Mike Fanning is the executive director of the Olde English Consortium while Rick Reames is the director of the Pee Dee Education Center. Francis Marion University is also a sponsor of this event.
The purpose of these consortium activities is to truly celebrate and promote academic achievement in the same way in which society supports athletic achievement.