From the Chicago Sun-Times:
_Illinois will become the first state to have a statewide bass-fishing tournament at the high school level in the spring of 2009. . . .

‘The level of support for a bass-fishing tournament, from both our membership and from other non-school groups, has demonstrated clearly to our board that this event is one with potential tremendous value to our schools,” [school-board executive director Marty] Hickman said. ”Implementing such an activity will enable our schools to provide another opportunity for students that will enrich their educational experience and keep with the association’s mission.”_