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Berkeley Springs wins Regional Academic Showdown

Two teams have advanced out of the second regional of the 2023 Academic Showdown. Berkeley Springs High School Team 1, Morgan County, earned first place; Spring Mills High School Team 1, Berkeley County, earned second place on Saturday, January 21 during the com

petition at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Both have earned a spot in the finale on March 31, at the West Virginia Culture Center in Charleston.

Berkeley Springs High School Team 1 won first place in the Shepherd University regional of the 2023 Academic Showdown. Pictured from left are: Matthew Leasure, Blake Burhoe, Drew Hill, Steven Maconaughey and Advisor Mrs. Rachel Hopkins.

The Showdown is an academic head-to-head competition testing students’ knowledge in subject areas including math, history, sports, fine arts and more. Students in grades nine-12 may participate, and schools may enter up to two teams to compete in the double elimination regionals. The 2023 field of competitors includes 71 teams from 40 high schools representing 26 counties – an increase of 51 teams over last year.

Teams participating in the competition included: High Schools – Spring Mills Team 1 & 2, Petersburg Team 1 & 2, Frankfort and Berkeley Springs Team 1 & 2.

The Academic Showdown is a partnership between the WVDE, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, West Virginia Public Broadcast- ing and the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History.