2012 Press Releases

MEDIA ADVISORY: August 22, 2012

Contact: Keith Hovis, 651.582.8275 (o) 651.308.2252 (c) or keith.hovis@state.mn.us

Commissioners, Students Team Up to Test Their Knowledge

Six state commissioners will pair with six youth to compete in the Back to School Academic Olympics at this year’s State Fair

ROSEVILLE – As the new school year inches closer, the Minnesota Department of Education will test knowledge of six state commissioners and six middle school students in the first ever Back to School Academic Olympics at this year’s State Fair. Competing in teams of two – one commissioner and one youth – Emcee Jason DeRusha of WCCO will ask academic based questions until only one team is left standing.

Follow the competition live via Twitter, hashtag #Back2School.


• Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius
• Administration Commissioner Spencer Cronk
• Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans
• Higher Education Commissioner Larry Pogemiller
• Management and Budget Commissioner James Schowalter
• Governor Dayton and Lt. Governor Prettner Solon’s Chief of Staff Tina Smith
• Emcee Jason DeRusha from WCCO
• Six middle school students from Project Success


• 2012 Minnesota Back to School Olympics


• Monday, August 27 at 3:00 pm.


• The Minnesota State Fair, Education Stage outside of the Education Building