Three students from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will compete in the Capital One College Bowl summer series on NBC. The new series, hosted by UT alumnus Peyton Manning with his brother Cooper Manning serving as sidekick, challenges college students and puts their knowledge to the test as they compete for a share of $1 million in academic scholarships provided by Capital One.
UT’s episode, which will air Tuesday, June 29, at 10 p.m. Eastern, features one alumna and two current students.
Capital One College Bowl is a reboot of the classic Emmy– and Peabody Award–winning College Bowl, which previously aired on NBC in the US and for decades was part of campus life at colleges and universities around the world.
Get to know UT’s team:
Paige Clark, of Knoxville, is a graduate in nursing. Clark served as an ambassador for the College of Nursing and as Miss Knoxville USA while working two jobs as she studied to get her nursing degree. Used to the spotlight, Clark wasn’t nervous about participating in the competition and enjoyed being on set. “My favorite part of the experience was getting to know the other competitors from different schools. Everyone was really supportive of each other,” she said. “It was also pretty special to be a part of Peyton Manning’s team. Any time I wore my orange, everyone knew exactly who was pulling for us!” Clark graduated with honors this spring. She will start as a pediatric nurse at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital this summer and begin an online doctoral nurse practitioner program at Johns Hopkins University this fall.
Alexa Davidson, of Hazard, Kentucky, studies classics and architecture. Davidson has been a participant in Quiz Bowl, a trivia-based competition, since she was in grade school. She’s a member of the American Institute of Architecture Students and an employee at UT’s VolShop, and she still actively participates in Quiz Bowl at UT. Davidson was most excited for the chance to show off her Quiz Bowl skills and meet Peyton Manning. “My mom is an alumna of UT, so I grew up hearing about Peyton as a kid during the prime of his career here. Meeting him has always been a dream of mine,” she said. Davidson plans to get her master’s in classics after graduating next spring.
Corbin Hines, of Cleveland, Tennessee, is a junior studying psychology. Hines serves as the president of Phi Mu Alpha, a music fraternity at UT. He’s always had a love for music and can play multiple instruments including clarinet, saxophone, and bass guitar. In addition to his music involvement, Hines is a member of Active Minds, a mental health organization that shares resources with students to promote wellness and build a supportive campus community. “Actually shooting the show and seeing what goes on behind scenes was a highlight for me,” Hines said. “I’ve never been to California or on a major set before, so the entire experience was really fun and exciting.” Hines is looking forward to returning to Rocky Top soon for the fall semester.
In each episode, teams of three representing some of the nation’s top schools battle it out in a tournament held over four rounds. Teams must work together to answer questions on a wide variety of academic subjects. The top two schools advance to the final, where they compete head-to-head for the Capital One College Bowl trophy and a scholarship to put toward their education.
In addition to UT, participating schools are the University of Alabama; Auburn University; Columbia University; the University of Michigan; the University of Minnesota; the University of Mississippi; Morehouse College; the University of Southern California; the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of Virginia; and Xavier University of Louisiana.
In partnership with Capital One, all competitors will receive tuition assistance for participating in the series, and members of the winning team will take home an even bigger scholarship. Capital One serves as an integral partner for the series, ensuring that no student will go home empty-handed.
Capital One is also providing special prizes for the series’ Capital One Merit Award, which will be presented to four students in recognition of their proven character, leadership abilities, and involvement in extracurricular activities that benefit the community.
Capital One College Bowl is executive produced by Peyton Manning, Cooper Manning, Eli Manning, Richard Reid via Richard Reid Productions Inc., and Mark Itkin via his Tough Lamb Media. David Friedman serves as showrunner for the series.
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