Bergstrom Stateline Quiz Bowl is a televised game show for students in northern Illinois. It first aired in 2015 and is currently hosted by Rockford news anchor Eric Wilson on WTVO 17 and WQRF 39. The show features academic teams from 32 private and public schools from nine area counties competing in a 31-week tournament to test their trivia knowledge.
The 2019-2020 quiz bowl season just started for my teammates and me. The Guilford High School quiz bowl team was recently a part of the Bergstrom Stateline Quiz Bowl show. We took part in the recorded competition at the Nordlof Center in downtown Rockford. The show took about an hour to shoot. The final product is edited down to a clean 22 minutes for television.
The game pits two schools against each other asking the contestants questions about math, science, history, art and pop culture. There are four rounds: two buzz-in rounds, a “volleyball” round – where questions are answered back and forth with priority given to one team at a time – and a lightning round. Whoever has more points at the end of all cumulative rounds wins.
Created to highlight the brightest students in northern Illinois, the Stateline Quiz Bowl was a response from an objective of Transform Rockford. The objective is to spotlight opportunities to prepare young people for promising futures. The corporate sponsors of the show see the value of investing in bright futures. Auburn High School is the reigning champion and it has won the tournament five times.
Providing a competitive platform for high achieving students is both entertaining and profitable. Northern Illinois University, one of the sponsors of the show, awards the winning team academic scholarships.
Tune in Fridays at 6:30 p.m. on WTVO or Sundays at 9:30 p.m. on Fox 39 to cheer on the Guilford Vikings!
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