ROCKFORD — The popular ‘Bergstrom Stateline Quiz Bowl’ program has been renewed through the 2017-18 school year, and is also expanding to 32 teams.

The high school quiz program which airs on WTVO-17, Fox-39 and MyNet 17.2 has just completed its inaugural season, with Auburn defeating Belvidere North on May 29th. The winning team received $40,000 in scholarship money from NIU while the runner-up team received $8,000.

Hosted by news anchor Nick Toma, WTVO/WQRF created the ‘Bergstrom Stateline Quiz Bowl; to increase awareness of the importance of education in Northern Illinois and to highlight, challenge and reward the community’s best and brightest.

“The show exceeded my every expectation,” said Kelly Lattimer, VP/General Manager of WQRF-TV in a news release (WQRF also provides services to WTVO-17 and produced the program). “From the start, we had wanted to create something that had mass and community-wide appeal. Based on positive feedback from the community and TV ratings, I feel we are accomplishing that. As a local broadcaster serving the community it’s the kind of show we should be doing. It just makes great TV for our local viewers and it puts the spotlight on continued improvement in education. ”

She also thanked Bergstrom, Inc., Northern Illinois University, and other sponsors for their commitment to improving educational opportunities for students in the Stateline area.

Season two will get underway October 24, 2015, and air for 31 straight weeks.