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 Watch the Academic League Finals Live Thursday

​Students from four local high schools will compete on live TV April 23 for the Academic League County Championship.

For the past few months, students at schools across the county have participated in the timed competition, which has five members from each team work together, buzzing in to answer questions and collaborating on bonus questions.

"It's a little bit like Jeopardy on steroids," said Doug Gilmore, executive producer for iTV Cable Channel 16. "These kids are smart."

The schools competing in the semifinals are Helix High, Olympian High, La Jolla High, and Torrey Pines High. They represent four regions of the county: north, south, east, and metro.

Questions in the competition come from math, science, history, and literature. Using the fast-paced format of toss-up questions and immediate answers, Academic League forces students to compete against the clock as well as each other.

"We always seem to rally around sports and honor the athletes in our society, but these are the academics in our society, and they're the people that are ultimately going to make change in the world," Gilmore said. "We should do what we can to celebrate them."

ITV aired Academic League matches each week beginning in March up through the championship, which will air April 23 on channel 16.

The schedule for the finals:

  • Helix vs. Olympian, 3:30 p.m.
  • La Jolla vs. Torrey Pines, 5 p.m.
  • Final with the winning team from each semifinals, 7 p.m.