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Heartland to host IHSA Scholastic Bowl in 2021-2023

June 16, 2020

Heartland Community College will be the hosting site for statewide high school academic bowl finals beginning next spring.

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) has chosen the Heartland campus in Normal to hold the annual Scholastic Bowl State Finals beginning in March of 2021. The tournament will remain at Heartland through at least the spring of 2023.

The Scholastic Bowl State Finals join the IHSA Journalism State Finals Competition which is also scheduled to be held at Heartland next spring.

“We are thrilled to be chosen as the host site for the IHSA Scholastic Bowl Finals beginning in 2021,” said Kelli Tillery Hill, Heartland Vice President of External Relations. “The IHSA staff have been wonderful to work with in the past, and we are excited to share our great facilities with students who have a strong focus on learning. The economic benefit that visitors from across the state bring to our community is an added bonus.” 

The Scholastic Bowl State Finals are expected to bring a group of 500-plus competitors, coaches and parents to the area for the daylong competition, which had been held in Peoria since 1997.

“We are excitd to continue developing our partnership with Heartland Community College,” said IHSA Assistant Executive Director Kraig Garber. “I am confident that the IHSA scholastic bowl community will find the Heartland facilities both accommodating and fitting for this wonderful IHSA State Final event. The Peoria Civic Center and community did an outstanding job during their 23 years of hosting this event, and I am certain that Heartland will host this event with as much eagerness and pride as our friends in Peoria.  We would like to thank Heartland Community College for their interest in hosting IHSA events, and we are looking forward to working together for the benefit of the student participants across our great state.”

Written by: Steve Fast