Donna Rovan
Ohio.com correspondent


Jackson High School was one of three schools to compete on Saturday's episode of Academic Challenge.



Competing against Euclid and Valley Forge, the schools answered a variety of questions dealing with math, science and fine arts on the television program.  



The winner of the challenge was Valley Forge with 560 points. Jackson came in second with 430 points and coming in third was Euclid scoring 360 points.



This is the fourth time that Jackson has competed in the Academic Challenge television program since 2003.



The team for Saturday's show consisted of Captain Brandon Mader, Jacob Donnelly and Zach Kasir.



The Jackson academic challenge team competes every year under the guidance of advisors, Christina Conti and Matt Gillette. The team usually consists of 20 to 25 members. The 2012 team placed fourth in the Northeast Regional Tournament and was the Tri-County League Tournament Champions.



Academic Challenge is seen on WEWS and is one of the longest running locally produced shows in television history.



According to producer/director Steve Kurrent, the program has received 12 Emmy awards in its 45 year history. Hosted by meteorologist, Jason Nicholas, the show is designed to spotlight academic excellence and education in the community. The program is sponsored by Westfield Insurance who provides $20,000 in grants to the teams that finish in the top 10.