Posted Online: Feb. 11, 2013, 3:29 pm

Masons to assist at academic tournament

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Press release submitted by Norman Dunlap


Masons to assist with Academic Bowl tourney at Rockridge High School

Masons from Andalusia Lodge No. 516, Andalusia, and Eureka Lodge No. 69, Milan, will serve as scorers and timekeepers for the sectional round-robin tournament of the annual Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl, to be held at 8:30 a.m., Saturday. Feb. 16, at Rockridge High School, Edgington. The event is open to the public. There is no admission charge.

The Rockridge High School Academic Bowl Team is sponsored by the Andalusia lodge.

Illinois Masons sponsor the annual tournament for IHSA-member schools.This is the 30th consecutive year for the academic tournament, with sectional competitions slated at 30 different locations throughout the state. Competing schools pay no entry fees, as the tournament cost is entirely funded by the Masons.

The event is a two-class tournament with Class "A" schools (small schools) competing against only Class "A" schools, and Class "AA" schools (large schools) competing against only Class "AA" schools. IHSA school enrollment numbers are used in determining the classes.

Monetary awards for scholarships or academic purposes are given to the top four teams at each sectional tournament site. The champion sectional team receives $400 and advances to the Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl State Tournament at Springfield High School in Springfield, Illinois on Saturday, March 2nd. The second, third, and fourth place sectional winners receive smaller monetary awards.

The statewide event promotes and showcases academic excellence in Illinois. The public is invited, and encouraged to attend and support the student teams.