4/13/2015 – ACADEMIC CHALLENGE RETURNS TO DERBY FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

April 13, 2015. Louisville, KY.   Returning to the Festival schedule after a five-year hiatus, Sullivan University is teaming up with the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation and Jefferson County Public Schools to produce this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation Academic Challenge. The quick-recall tournament will be held from 8 AM to 3 PM on Saturday, April 25, at Male High School.

“The Academic Challenge event has always been a great way to showcase the academic achievements of not only our local students, but also our public schools,” said Mike Berry, Kentucky Derby Festival President & CEO. “We’re excited to have it returning to our event schedule in 2015.”

The Academic Challenge Presented by Sullivan University represents a great opportunity for students from all over the county to test their acumen by answering questions pertaining to math, science, social studies, language arts and humanities. The competition will feature 28 teams from local middle schools and a total of 300 students.

“Sullivan University is pleased to sponsor the Academic Challenge,” said Glenn Sullivan, President of Sullivan University. “We often look for ways to support events that encourage and celebrate academic achievement. We wish all the participants well in the tournament and in their future endeavors.”

The top eight schools will receive trophies, with the champion and runner-up also receiving monetary awards. It’s free for spectators. For more information contact Jamie Gibson at (502) 485-3492.

The event is sponsored by Sullivan University and coordinated by Jefferson County Public Schools. It is a Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation event.

About Sullivan University: Sullivan University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate, Bachelor’s Master’s and Doctoral degrees, and the Accrediting Council for Pharmacy Education. The University offers numerous certificate, diploma and degree programs in career-orientated programs ranging from business, pharmacy, human resources, technology, supply chain management, culinary and baking and pastry arts, hospitality studies, conflict management, nursing, allied health sciences, legal studies and early childhood education. Sullivan University is a part of the Sullivan University System, which includes Kentucky campuses in Louisville, Lexington and Fort Knox as well as an online division.  For more information, visit www.sullivan.edu.

About Kentucky Derby Festival: Since 1956, the Derby Festival has worked to bring the community together in celebration. The Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.

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