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Academic Games set for Saturday


The annual battle of wits returns on Saturday, when Sandusky High School again hosts the Sanilac County Academic Games.

High school students from the county’s seven school districts will compete for plaques, medals and the prestigious traveling trophy.

The Games feature six-member teams from area schools trying to best each other in four academic categories: math, language arts, social studies and science.

Rounds 1 and 2 are in the morning. Math and science teams answer 15 questions per round, with three minutes to answer questions worth four points each. Math teams can bring their own SAT-approved calculators to figure answers. Science teams are provided with the periodic table and physics formulas, and can use approved calculators.

Language arts and social studies teams answer 20 questions per round, with two minutes to answer questions worth three points.

The top two scoring teams in each subject from the morning rounds advance to the finals in the afternoon where they will answer 10 questions per category.

First place plaques and first and second place medals will be awarded in each category.

The school that compiles the most overall points will take home the trophy.

This will be the 35th Annual Raymond T. Dunbar Jr. Academic Games, named after the late Mr. Dunbar, a Sanilac County educator. The Games are organized by the Sanilac County Talent Development Committee.

The Feb. 24 event will feature teams from Brown City, Carsonville-Port Sanilac, Croswell-Lexington, Deckerville, Marlette, Peck and Sandusky.

Sandusky won the trophy in 2023.