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Posted By on Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 11:57 AM

I caught some, but not all, of the annual state Quiz Bowl finals on AETN last weekend. It's great fun watching Arkansas high school students answer mind-bending math questions and pull esoteric facts out of their hats.

So congrats to this year's state champions:

Class 1A -- Haas Hall, which beat LISA Academy

Class 2A -- Woodlawn, which beat Parkers Chapel

Class 3A -- Bauxite, which beat Episcopal Collegiate

Class 4A -- Huntsville, which beat Subiaco Academy

Class 5A -- Little Rock Christian, which beat Morrilton

Class 6A -- Little Rock Parkview, which beat Benton

Class 7A -- Little Rock Central, which beat Cabot.

MVPs in each division included, ta da, Arkansas Times Academic All-Star Chris Mullen of Little Rock Christian. A number of other all-stars participated in final-round games.

Speaking of academic achievement: LR Central's team in the Fed Challenge, a Federal Reserve Bank competition, again won the regional championship and again will advance to national competition. Teams win by presenting an analysis of the national economy and make a monetary policy recommendation to the Fed's Open Markets Committee. It ain't tiddlywinks.

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