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Events across the AGLOA leagues during the next month:
If your league’s events are not listed, please send us your schedule.
Nationals Qualifying Rules – I
The AGLOA Board has asked leagues to submit their rules for determining their Nationals qualifiers. Over the course of this year, we’ll share those that come in. You can compare how your league does it to what others do, all within the AGLOA guidelines.
Palm Beach (FL) Academic Games League
A Conversation with Sue Mellon
Sue Mellon played Academic Games for two years (1974-6) at Kittanning High School in Pennsylvania. Three teachers coached the games according to subject area, and all practices were held at the same time after school.
After not qualifying for Nationals as a freshman, Sue studied over the summer and finished second in Armstrong County as a sophomore to qualify for the tournament in Gatlinburg, TN.
Fast forward to 1989 when Sue was hired to teach at Springdale Junior-Senior High in Pittsburgh. Liking a challenge, she earned her Masters degree in Special Education with a focus on behavioral problem youth. She was hired to help struggling students in reading and math.
Remembering how Academic Games made learning fun, Sue was directed to Jim Davis, who was looking for someone to help him with the 7-12 grade program. They worked together until Jim retired in 1998. She not only took over as Academic Games coach but also filled his shoes as Gifted Coordinator. Assisted by Jim Harrington, a Social Studies teacher, she coaches all six games that are played in the Western Pennsylvania Academic Games League (WPAGL).
Even though she didn’t play the math games herself, she enjoys coaching them.
She has her own requirements for participation within the WPAGL framework.
She has a few students whose parents can afford to pay for the Nationals trip. But most sell hoagies, flower bulbs, and candy from February to April to defray the expense.
Keep up the good work, Sue!
Down Memory Lane
These three proposals were passed by the Mathematics Rules Committee in 1990.