Teams from Grafton, Bridgeport High School advance in Academic Showdown

FAIRMONT, W.Va. – Two teams have advanced from the 2024 Academic Showdown (Showdown) regional competition today at Fairmont State University (FSU). Grafton High School Team 1, Taylor County, placed first, and Bridgeport High School Team 2, Harrison County, placed second, earning both teams a spot in the finale on April 23, 2024, at the West Virginia Culture Center in Charleston.

The FSU regional featured the following schools:

  • Braxton County High School
  • Bridgeport High School
  • Grafton High School
  • Lewis County High School
  • Liberty High School
  • Paden City High School
  • Weir High School
  • Williamstown High School

Wirth increased interest among schools each year, approximately 90 teams registered to compete this year, an increase of 19 teams over the 2023 Showdown season. Students in grades 9-12 go head-to-head in rounds of rigorous questions about math, history, fine arts, pop culture and more, showcasing their academic prowess and critical thinking skills.

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

Stay up-to-date on regional events by visiting the WVDE website.

For media inquiries, contact Christy Day, West Virginia Department of Education Office of Communications, at 304-558-2699 or; or Jessica Tice, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, 304-545-9412 or


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