April 24 UPDATE: The Monticello High School Quiz Bowl Team defeated Huntsville to win the 2021 4A State Quiz Bowl Championship. Lucas Babst was the MVP.

Original Story, April 23

The Monticello High School Quiz Bowl Team will take on Huntsville Saturday in the Arkansas Governor’s Academic Competition “Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2021” state finals.

Fourteen teams in seven conferences will compete in the state finals for scholarship money. The competition will air Saturday, April 24, beginning at 9 a.m. on Arkansas PBS and streamed at youtube.com/arkansaspbs, according to an Arkansas PBS news release.

The following teams will compete in the state finals beginning at 9 a.m.:

1A – Haas Hall Rogers vs. Haas Hall Springdale
2A – Lifeway Christian (Centerton) vs. Haas Hall Bentonville
7A – Fort Smith Southside vs. Bryant
4A – Huntsville vs. Monticello
5A – Morrilton vs. Vilonia
3A – Haas Hall Fayetteville vs. Mountain View
6A – Russellville vs. Lake Hamilton (Pearcy)

Teams will respond to a series of questions to display their knowledge in literature, math, science, history, art, music and economics. Each match will last about an hour.

The Arkansas Governor’s Quiz Bowl Association holds regional tournaments around the state during March. Teams are assigned to a site, and a random drawing places the teams on the pairing schedule. A percentage of teams in the tournament advance to the state tournament. The top two teams from each classification advance to the State Conference Finals.

Arkansas PBS and the Arkansas Governor’s Quiz Bowl Association worked closely to provide a safe and healthy environment for teams, coaches and staff, while maintaining the integrity of the competition, during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Arkansas STEM Coalition provided laptops for the competition.