East Tennessee Scholars' Bowl in its 35th season

Published: Nov. 20, 2018 at 10:00 AM EST
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The East Tennessee Scholars' Bowl is in its 36th season airing on East Tennessee PBS.

Some of the brightest high school students all over East Tennessee are competing against each other for the title.

The students say it's a great opportunity to compete in a way that typically doesn't get a lot of fanfare.

"There's not really much opportunity to compete academically outside of athletics, so any chance we have to do that is fun and much appreciated," said Luke Nelson of Bearden High School.

"We celebrate all sorts of competition on the playing field, and here's an opportunity to celebrate competition academically. Maybe they're great musicians or athletes or maybe just great students, and they're all on the same playing field here," said host, Frank Murphy.

The new episodes will begin airing in January through March. It will air on East Tennessee PBS at 5:30 on weeknights.

Winners will get a trophy. The first and second place winners will get a cash prize of $1,000 and $500, respectively.

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