Montana high school students face off in academic competition


MISSOULA, Mont. - There was a whole lot of thinking going on at the University Center in Missoula Tuesday afternoon.

More than 40 students from seven high schools around the state put their brain power to the test in the third annual Montana Academic State Championship. 

The competition wrapped up around 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The Livingston team won first place, Frenchtown second, Lewistown third and Billings Skyview placed fourth. 

NBC Montana caught up with Livingston student Cole Burkhardt who says Livingston has never had a team make it so far before.

"Definitely looking forward to putting this on my college resume," said Burkhardt.  "I think it's a good indicator of how hard we've worked in academics and how much time we've put into actually trying to achieve in this scholastics."

Frenchtown Academic Team member James Wine says he enjoys school and thinks being on the team is a fun way to meet friends and learn. 

"One thing that's really great about it is you get such a wide variety of questions," said Wine.  "There are people that suit different interests -- we get everything from pop culture, to Lady Gaga, to questions like who was the scientist who discovered this particle?"

Five members of the Livingston team are now fund-raising to head to the national championship to be held in Chicago the second week of June.

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