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Scholastic Bowl to Test Youths' Knowledge of Lincoln

Contestants From Boys & Girls Clubs Around the State Will Compete at Old State Capitol

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[March 27, 2008]  SPRINGFIELD -- Youths 9 through 12 years old from across the state will converge on Springfield this weekend to test their knowledge of history at the Lincoln Scholastic Bowl. The competition is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site, the location of Lincoln's famous "House Divided" speech.

The Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, the Illinois Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, and the University of Illinois at Springfield are sponsoring the first-ever Lincoln Scholastic Bowl. Boys & Girls Club members participated in regional competitions the past two months throughout the state to determine the four teams of finalists who will compete Saturday in Springfield.

Boys & Girls Club participants have read Lincoln-related books, with each club assisting youths in studying, reviewing and discussing the books in preparation for the bowl. The books were selected as ones appropriate for the age group involved. The University of Illinois at Springfield developed the questions from the books.

Springfield newscaster Jerry Lambert from WICS-TV will serve as moderator for the finals. The Illinois Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs and the Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission have worked together to organize this Lincoln Scholastic Bowl as one of many events leading up to the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln. The finals are part of two days of activities allowing participants to compete and also receive special tours of Lincoln historic sites in Springfield.

The Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission was established to lead Illinois' planning efforts to commemorate the significance of Abraham Lincoln to the state. The 200th anniversary of his birth is Feb. 12, 2009. Leading up to that actual date, many projects, events and programs will be developed throughout the state.

[Text from Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum file received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information]

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