Five students were hand picked and prepped in math, science, English and history to prepare for an unexpected trip to the competition.
According to English teacher Beverly Stanford, the students had been prepping for the competition but they were not certain that they would attend.
"The competition was a last minute thing. We didn’t even know that we would be able to go because another field trip had been planned that day," said Stanford.
The students face challenging questions and the competition lasted for hours but they remained focused.
"We were there all day. We kept getting narrowed down and narrowed down and other teams were being eliminated. Once the students realized that other teams were being eliminated, they seemed to try even harder because they knew that they had a shot at winning" added Stanford.
"I could see it in their face," she continued.
Stanford said her students competed among some of the best schools and came out just about on top.
"There were schools from all over the area. There were several public schools from Grenada, Washington County, and Yazoo City. We were beat once by a particular team and then we turned around and beat them. You have to lose twice to be eliminated," she said.
Only four team members from each school were allowed on stage per round.
Stanford said some of the questions were difficult but that did not stop her team from giving up.
As the competition became scarce, they pushed harder and harder in hopes of trampling the competition.
"They had to buzz in when the question was asked and whoever buzzed in the quickest was allowed to answer the question first. If they missed the question, the question then went to the opposing team to answer," she continued.
Cleveland High students were answering questions quickly and correctly, until they faced the double elimination round.
"We came in second place, the first place winners of the competition received two full scholarships to Mississippi Delta Community College. If we would have won, we would have selected two students from our senior class to receive full scholarships," said Stanford.
"All five students that were in the competition have plans to attend college in places other than MDCC but they were rooting for our school," she added.
Although the students did not receive first place, they remained cheerful and motivated.
"On the way back from the competition, students were trying to decide if they had won who would they have selected to receive the scholarships," continued Stanford.
Although they did not win, the students got a chance to bring home a shiny, gold trophy and a feeling of excitement.
"Cleveland High students are up there among the best. I was absolutely amazed. It was a great day and the students really did a great job. I was just thrilled that we had a chance to compete and I look forward to doing it again," she said.