On Friday, November 9, Central Carolina Technical College held its second annual Academic Challenge. The Academic Challenge is a competition between high school teams in the college’s four-county service area (Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee and Sumter). Thirteen four-student teams participated from Camden High School, Crestwood High School, Lakewood High School, East Clarendon High School, Lee Central High School, Lugoff-Elgin High School, Manning High School, North Central High School, Robert E. Lee Academy, Scott’s Branch High School, Sumter High School, Thomas Sumter Academy and Wilson Hall.

The Academic Challenge is structured in a Jeopardy/College Bowl format where teams compete against one another on topics that include: science, mathematics, health, history, business and industry, literature and popular culture. There were three areas of competition: general knowledge exam, team marketing competition and the academic challenge. The general knowledge portion was a computer-based 100 question multiple choice exam in which all students competed against one another. The team marketing competition consisted of teams tasked with identifying a target student and developing a marketing strategy to recruit the target student to attend CCTC. The final competition was the Academic Challenge portion where teams participated in a Jeopardy style competition. The winning team was from Lugoff-Elgin High School.

“The Academic Challenge was designed to expose students to a competition that combined both individual and team scholastic skills. The college is looking forward to future challenges that recognizes students who excel academically,” says CCTC Vice President for Academic Affairs Myles Williams. Sponsors for this year’s Academic Challenge were Coca Cola, Central Carolina Technical College Foundation and Sumter Economic Development/The Link.