High school students to compete for NIU scholarships on new televised quiz bowl

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ROCKFORD – A key component of the Transform Rockford movement is a greater emphasis on providing quality education to improve workforce readiness and provide better opportunities for our young citizens. In that spirit, WTVO-TV Channel 17 & WQRF Fox 39 announced the Stateline Quiz Bowl by Bergstrom, a new half-hour local television series that will air exclusively on WTVO-TV/WQRF-TV beginning Jan. 17, 2015.

The Stateline Quiz Bowl by Bergstrom is a 21-week, tournament-style educational contest program. Announced Dec. 8, it will feature students from 22 local high schools in a test of their knowledge and give them a chance to win valuable scholarships from Northern Illinois University.

WTVO-TV/WQRF-TV created the Stateline Quiz Bowl by Bergstrom academic contest to increase awareness of the importance of education in Northern Illinois and to highlight, challenge and reward the community’s best and brightest.

Bergstrom Inc., a Rockford-based global company and leading designer/manufacturer of cab climate systems for commercial trucks, off-highway machines, military and other specialty vehicles, has signed on as the title sponsor of Stateline Quiz Bowl by Bergstrom.

“WTVO-TV Channel17 & WQRF Fox 39 are deeply committed to improving our local community,” said Kelly Lattimer, VP and General Manager of WTVO / WQRF. “Stateline Quiz Bowl by Bergstrom is one way we can honor and showcase the academic achievements of the next generation of leaders needed to transform our community. The Stateline Quiz Bowl by Bergstrom program is a perfect extension of our Stateline Volunteers and Excellence in Education community-focused initiatives.”

Lattimer also noted that this academically-focused program would not be possible without the contributions of Stateline Quiz Bowl by Bergstrom partners Bergstrom Inc. and NIU, both of which see the program as furthering their commitment to improving education in the Stateline area.

“Northern Illinois University is delighted to partner with WTVO-TV Channel 17 and WQRF Fox 39 to host the Stateline Quiz Bowl by Bergstrom,” said Dr. Rena Cotsones, Associate Vice President of Engagement and Innovation Partnerships at NIU. “As the region’s public university, we are looking forward to celebrating the academic excellence of area students, many of whom we hope will become future Huskies. It will be great to see the students in action as they compete in the NIU-Rockford Auditorium.”

“Education is a cornerstone to a prosperous life,” said Jack Shaffer, President and CEO of Bergstrom Inc. “Promoting academic success enhances the caliber of our workforce, the affluence of our families, and the overall quality of life throughout the Stateline. A thriving business environment, is not just important for Bergstrom Inc., but for all local businesses in greater Northern Illinois. We are honored to be the title sponsor of Stateline Quiz Bowl by Bergstrom. We believe the new local television series will help promote positive change in our community while also encouraging young, talented students to become Rockford’s next generation of successful entrepreneurs.”

Stateline Quiz Bowl by Bergstrom premieres the week of January 12, 2015, and will air three times per week:
WTVO: Saturdays @ 6:30pm; WQRF: Sundays @ 9:30pm; MyNetworkTV: Sundays @ 8:30am.

Schools participating:
Amboy High School
Auburn High School
Belvidere High School
Belvidere North High School
Boylan Catholic High School
Christian Life High School
Dakota Jr./Sr High School
Dixon High School
Freeport High School
Fulton High School
Guilford High School
Harlem High School
Hononegah High School
Keith Country Day School
Lena Winslow High School
Oregon High School
Paw Paw High School
Polo High School
Rockford Lutheran High School
South Beloit High School
Stillman Valley High School
Winnebago High School

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