East Texas students compete in Academic Challenge Quiz

TYLER, Texas (KETK) - Students from all across East Texas are meeting in Tyler to compete in the Academic Challenge Quiz. 

"When you first get in there, it is kind of nerve racking, but once you get into it, its really fun," Barrett Martin, a 7th grade student at Edgewood Middle School says.  

It is all a part of Academic Rodeo, a collection of events that showcases East Texas talent and education. 

It is a program under the East Texas State Fair. Students are asked questions on all sorts of topics. 

"We have about 2,000 kids that will be all over the fairgrounds the next two months," Cody Rosenbalm, East Texas State Fair Marketing Director says. "We get to do all kinds of hands-on experimental learning."

This is the only competition where private, public and homeschool students come together to compete. 

Preparation for the students takes time. 

"We meet once or twice a week," Edgewood Middle School teacher Shannon Bannister says. "We do mock competitions at school. We compete against other classes and students."

Academic Rodeo also hosts writing and art competitions. 

Students as early as sixth grade can win scholarships for college. 


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