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SUBMITTED PHOTO Members of the NEIU Academic Challenge team, from left: Vanessa Sawyer, Olivia Manarchuck, Skylar Dearie, Era Nasufi and Madison Cost.

Five Carbondale Area seniors are members of the NEIU Academic Challenge Team for the 2019-2020 school year.

They are Olivia Manarchuck, Vanessa Sawyer, Madison Cost, Era Nasufi and Skylar Dearie.

The NEIU Academic Challenge is an academic competition sponsored by the local NEIU 19. It is for public school districts and parochial schools within the NEIU. The program spotlights academically talented young scholars in area high schools.

NEIU Academic Challenge competition will take place at Penn State Worthington’ campus on Nov. 25.

Samantha Masco and Monique Cobb are the club advisors.

Madison shared her excitement in being a part of the team.

“It is an honor to be representing our school once again in an academic challenge program,” she said. “I participated in the Young Scholars program in eighth grade and found that a rewarding experience. Coming back to do this again as a senior is fulfilling. I hope we do well.”