NEOGA — Greenup Lodge 125, Hutton Lodge 698 in Diona, and Toledo Lodge 834 are co-sponsoring Cumberland High School in Toledo in the 30th annual Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl.
The school will compete in the sectional tournament to be held Feb. 16 at Neoga High School in Neoga.
The tournament starts at 8:30 a.m. with the awards ceremony scheduled for approximately 3:30 p.m. The competition is open to the public, and admission is free.
The Masons of Illinois sponsor this annual academic achievement competition for the IHSA-member high schools throughout Illinois. Schools competing pay no entry fees, as the cost of the tournament is entirely paid by the Masons of Illinois.
The Masons of Illinois believe in providing positive recognition for academic excellence and strive to make this tournament a positive experience for everyone involved.
The tournament is a two-class tournament with Class A schools (small schools) competing against only Class A schools, and Class AA schools (large schools) competing against only Class AA schools.
The Masons of Illinois award scholastic monetary awards to those schools finishing in the top four places at each sectional site.
The sectional champion will receive $400 with the other finishers as follows: $300 for second place; $200 for third place; and $100 for fourth place. This money is given to the schools to be used for scholarships or for academic purposes.
The sectional champion from each sectional tournament site will automatically advance to the Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl State Tournament to be held March 2 at Springfield High School in Springfield.
There will be two state champions — one for Class A and one for Class AA. Each state champion will receive $1,500 and the other finishers in each class as follows: $1,000 for second place; $700 for third place, and $400 for fourth place. Each of the other 22 schools competing in the state tournament will receive $100.