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Inspiring Florida Experience

About 1,000 Academic Games players, coaches, and parents visited Kissimmee FL April 29-May 2, 2011, to challenge each other at the Academic Games National Tournament. Folks zoomed in from Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Florida, and Taiwan to enjoy a fun-filled, challenging four-day experience. Visitors came from Virginia, California, and Colorado to enjoy and learn. They faced extreme competition from one another and also enjoyed many life-changing experiences. Groups enjoyed many side trips in the area.

Major highlights of the Tournament were visits from several former National champions, including some of the Hall of Fame teammates from the early 1970’s. The alumni presence was inspiring to the current players and coaches.

Competition was held in the traditional four Divisions:

  • Elementary (grades 6 and below)
  • Middle (8 and below)
  • Junior (10 and below)
  • Senior (12 and below).

Six different tournaments were conducted in each Division:           

  • EQUATIONS and ON-SETS in mathematics
  • LINGUISHTIK and PROPAGANDA in Language Arts
  • WORLD EVENTS and PRESIDENTS in Social Studies

Most players focused on their own areas of expertise. A few adventurous players and teams attempted to play all six games. Sweepstakes players stayed together as a team for at least four of the games.

The Academic Games matches stretched the minds and hearts of the players. All learned new mathematical strategies or were enlightened by techniques of propaganda or created writings with expanded vocabulary or became more knowledgeable about the history surrounding our national leaders or displayed a thorough knowledge of current events or the history of Australia. Every player learned how to deal with the emotions of victory and defeat. Each became a better person.

Senior Sweepstakes Champions
Senior Sweepstakes Champions
Team A, Jefferson Parish

Junior Sweepstakes Champions
Junior Sweepstakes Champions
We Drove 12 Hours For THIS? Jefferson Parish LA

Quality of play continued at the highest level. Incredibly, at the 46th renewal of the annual National Tournament, new strategies were deployed, and new knowledge was discovered. The 2011 Academic Games National Tournament crowned champions and honored players, coaches, and teams. More importantly, the event promoted character and integrity and inspired a new generation of players.
This clue comes from local El/Mid Presidents #25-34 at the national tournament.

The Veterans' Bonus March took place during my presidency. 17,000 World War I veterans and their families came to Washington to demand immediate payment of their service certificates. I ordered General Douglas MacArthur to clear the veterans' campsite.

Answer on page 2.

Middle Sweepstakes Champions
Middle Sweepstakes Champions
The Awesome People's Team, Ann Arbor MI

Elementary Sweepstakes Champions
Elementary Sweepstakes Champions
The Rug Rats, Ann Arbor MI

2012 Tournament in West Virginia

The 2012 Academic Games National Tournament will be held April 27-30 in Wheeling WV at the Oglebay Resort. Groups will arrive on Friday, April 27 for registration and the opening ceremonies. Competition will take place April 28-30, with awards on the evening of April 30. Over 1,000 participants are expected.

Players, coaches, and parents will be housed in the Oglebay Resort Lodge or the nearby cottages. Overflow hotels in the area will be identified. All tournament events and meals will take place in the Oglebay Resort Convention facilities. All groups in all Divisions will be in the same location.

A full slate of six Academic Games championships will be offered, along with rules meetings, coaching improvement classes, visits from alumni, and other events. A sample list of area activities will be prepared for groups to book on their own during their free time or on days before or after the Tournament. AGLOA will not sponsor nor organize any of the side trips.

Preliminary registration for the 2012 Tournament will begin in early December 2011 when the Tournament Announcement Packet will be emailed to league directors and available on the website. Interested schools and leagues are encouraged to respond promptly since the rooms are limited in number.

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