HARRISBURG - Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) on Friday congratulated students from the Athens Area School District who participated in this year's Pennsylvania Academic Competition, held May 3, at the state Capitol.

The Pennsylvania Academic Competition, which resembles a traditional college quiz bowl, began in 1992 and is a project of the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units. Questions range from science and literature to world history and current events. The contest was sponsored this year by the Pennsylvania State Education Association.

"Athens Area sent several of its best and brightest high school students to the state Capitol last Friday and competed in the 22nd Annual Pennsylvania Academic Competition with 21 other teams from around the state," said Pickett. "This competition showcases the academic talents of students from our area and around the state, and gives these youngsters a chance to participate in a state championship of the mind."

The team from Athens Area consisted of Neil Carpenter, Robert Fauver and Fred Horn, with their faculty adviser, Terry Bustin.

Athens Area's team represented the BlaST Intermediate Unit 17. Each IU is permitted to send one high school team to participate in the Capitol competition.

"I had the chance to see our local team participate in person, as they competed in both the House and Senate chambers, and for me, it was thrilling to see these students answer the tough questions with ease and confidence," Pickett said. "Neil, Robert and Fred represented both Athens and our local IU very proudly, and I wish them all the very best of luck in their future endeavors."

In addition to her support for the local team, Pickett voted this spring for House Resolution 270, which acknowledges the importance of the competition and encourages academic scholarship.