Manheim High School Named PA State Academic Competition Champions

Manheim TownshipManheim Township High School posing with the floating trophy after being named the State Academic Competition champion for the 2021-22 school year. (Submitted Image)

HARRISBURG, PACecil County’s Manheim Township High School rose to the top at this year’s PA State Academic Competition that was held on Friday, April 29, 2022. Pennsylvania’s top high school teams competed for the title of PA State Champion. In the exciting and competitive daylong competition, it was Cecil County’s Manheim Township High School that placed first with 115 points. Chester County’s defending state champion, Great Valley High School, came in second with Wissahickon High School coming in third. Manheim Township was presented with a $2,000 scholarship; Great Valley High School was awarded a $500 scholarship for second place and Wissahickon High School received a $500 scholarship for third place.

Representative John A. Lawrence
Representative John A. Lawrence welcomed the teams to the PA State Academic Competition that was held on Friday, April 29, 2022.

Now in its 31st year, the PA State Academic Competition is hosted by Representative John A. Lawrence of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Education Association and coordinated by the Chester County Intermediate Unit.

Missy Doll-Osterhout, coach of the Manheim Township High School varsity team, is exuberated with her team’s hard work and dedication. “This is really exciting, and this is a great group of kids. We practiced all year round, 2-3 times a week, and we competed on most Saturdays. They are always competing, studying and learning something.” Doll-Osterhout also mentioned that she’s known most of her group since the 5th grade when they participated in their quiz bowl, and she followed them through their senior year.

For an academic team to advance to the PA State Academic Competition and represent their county, the team must compete and win against all the academic competition teams in their county’s Academic Competition Finals.

When asked how they prepared for this year’s State Academic Competition, the captain of Manheim’s team Aizaaz Faiz said, “We studied a lot. We also had our Lancaster-Lebanon league competition, so we were always practicing for that. We also took the bus ride to Harrisburg as another opportunity to quiz each other.”

The Pennsylvania State Academic Competition, which is coordinated by the Chester County Intermediate Unit, was held at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. The mission of the competition is to promote lifelong learning, celebrate academic achievement and enhance self-confidence as members of a team by providing healthy yet challenging opportunities for high school students to develop both academic, social and personal skills.

For more information about the PA State Academic Competition or the Chester County Academic Competition, please visit www.cciu.org/academic-competition.

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