On Friday, February 2, the academic team will have their first ever pep rally to celebrate the team's many accomplishments this season. The pep rally will be held in the high school auditorium and begin at 1:15. Representatives from Rogers State University will present scholarships to four team members for being runner-up on "I Want Answers!" The pep rally will also serve as a sendoff for the team as they head out for the State Academic Team Tournament to be held at Redlands Community College in El Reno on Saturday, February 3.
The academic team is making its third appearance in a row at the state tournament. Last year they won the state title for the first time and are hoping to repeat the accomplishment this year. Team members attending state include Gilles, Devon, Journey, Sandra, Gunner, James, Andrew, Gavin, Stage, Adam, Morgan, LaShan, Kristy, Nikkol, and Bridgette.
Four players will be receiving scholarship awards for their performance on "I Want Answers!" These players are Gilles, Devon, James, and Andrew. The team competed on Season 7 of the television program sponsored by RSU. The team defeated Adair, Prue, and Claremore-Sequoyah to make the season finals. They played Riverfield County Day School in the final episode which aired on Thursday, January 18th. Riverfield started off strong and had a quick fifty-point lead. However, Wilburton came back in the second quarter, and the teams were tied. Wilburton did well in the 3rd quarter speed round, but ended up losing in the 4th quarter. The winners receive a $2000 scholarship, and the runner up receives $1000.
The froshmore team began its season on Thursday, January 25th. The social studies meet and math meet were held at Wilburton, and the team competed against Hilldale and Stigler. They went undefeated and earned first place in both social studies and math. The team scored over 300 points in both math rounds. These wins qualify the team to attend the state froshmore tournament on March 3rd. The team has two remaining meets in their season—fine arts and science. These will be held in February. The team members who competed this past Thursday included James, Andrew, Stage, Gavin, Morgan, LaShan, Kristy, Nikkol, and Bridgette.
The academic team has had an incredible season so far and hopes to bring home more honors and awards. Their coaches Lisa Baker and Aaron Milligan are very proud of all the team has accomplished. The team and coaches appreciate the support they receive from the school, administration, and community.