What is Academic Challenge?
Winner of 12 Emmy Awards, Academic Challenge is one of the longest running locally produced shows in television history. It's hosted by meteorologist Jason Nicholas. The mission of Academic Challenge, where students are the stars of each show, is to shine the spotlight on academic excellence and the importance of education in all of our communities.
Each week, students representing schools from all around Northern Ohio use their brains to battle toward the season championship. Three teams compete for points by answering questions covering such topics as math, science, history and current events. At the end of each program, the points are totaled and at seasons' end, the three highest scoring teams return for the Championship match.
Westfield Insurance has been the proud sponsor of Academic Challenge since 2003. Each season, Westfield Insurance awards over $20,000 in grant money to the top 10 scoring teams. This money must be specifically used by the winning schools for the benefit of, and to assist with, the educational needs of all students.
Meet Host Jason Nicholas
Award-winning Meteorologist Jason Nicholas hosts Academic Challenge.
Academic Challenge History
Check out the story behind Academic Challenge, which kicked off in 1964.
Challenge yourself: Lightning Round Quiz
In the Lightning Round of Academic Challenge, all questions share a common topic. For the final question, we traveled to various…
How the Game is Played
Learn about each of the five rounds of Academic Challenge.
Academic Challenge gets new set
On Saturday, December 3, 2012, NewsChannel 5’s long-running program Academic Challenge began its 44th season, but not without a few…
PHOTOS: Through the years
Take a photo tour through the many decades, sets and hosts of Academic Challenge.