Missouri Places 2nd in the Nation at 2007 Panasonic Academic Challenge!

Missouri won their opening preliminary round and advanced automatically to the semi-finals with the following results:

  1. Missouri - 298
  2. Texas - 146
  3. Vermont - 177
  4. Pennsylvania - 115

Missouri place second in their semi-final round and advanced to the finals with the following results:

  1. District of Columbia - 226
  2. Missouri - 224
  3. Tennessee - 201
  4. Vermont - 128

In the finals, Missouri was in the thick of everything in the first round. During the second round Missouri fell behind Illinois, but in the third round team Missouri made up the difference. Trailing by three points on the last toss-up, Missouri buzzed in with an incorrect answer. They outscored Illinois and the rest of the field in the final worksheet and placed second in the nation. The results were as follows:

  1. Illinois - 252
  2. Missouri - 240
  3. Florida - 210
  4. California - 188
  5. District of Columbia - 148
  6. Kentucky - 91

Each team member receives a $1500 scholarship and a tournament ring. Congratulations to coach Allen and all the team! You have represented the state of Missouri with distinction!
The 2007 Missouri Team consists of

  • senior John Ahlfield of Liberty
  • senior Nate Kinast of Thomas Jefferson
  • senior Stephanie Hull of Liberty
  • junior Charles Dees of North Kansas City
  • junior Terin Boudine of Savannah

Mr. Larry Allen of North Kansas City will coach this noteworthy team. Team Missouri will look to improve on their 2006 performance where they took third in the nation.
The Panasonic Academic Challenge is a highly academic national high school competition modeled after Florida's statewide tournament. One team of four to six players and one coach are selected to represent each state and U.S. territory. As many as six teams may compete against each other in one competition. This is not a quick response, trivial pursuit contest. Instead, it is a slower-paced tournament in which players are asked questions from the areas of mathematics, science, language arts, social studies, the fine arts, foreign language (French and Spanish) and technology. The questions are written by educators from high schools and colleges throughout the nation.
Missouri will face New Mexico, New Jersey, and Washington in their first round of competition on Sunday, June 11 at 4:00.