AGazine, April 2014

The Online Magazine of the Academic Games Leagues of America

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News and Notes

Larry Liss, Stu White, and Dave Campbell visited with AGLOA Founder, Jim Davis, in Pittsburgh, this past week. Jim is recovering from a serious illness and surgery but was in great spirits. His old friends provided heart-felt laughs as they recalled the fun-filled days of “The Throne Zone” at Rock Eagle; giggled about that legendary AG team, “The Wabash Cannonballs;” remembered some of the marvelous coaches and players from five decades and relived great achievements. There were waves of hilarity and a few tears.

Jim and Sandy Davis want to thank the AGLOA community for all the special messages that have been sent. Get Well Soon, Jimmy!

Jim Davis and Friends

Four ninth-grade students and two adults from the Charter High School for Architecture and Design will represent Philadelphia at the 2014 AGLOA National Tournament. The four players, students in Dwayne Fontenette’s Algebra 1 class, are the first participants from Philadelphia in national tournament history. The “Philly Gang” will compete in On-Sets, Equations, and Propaganda. They’ll observe the other games to determine which additional game(s) the students would like to play going forward. Dwayne, winner of an Outstanding Senior Award at the 2009 National Tournament, is in his first year with Teach for America after graduating from Loyola University in New Orleans last May.


Philadelphia students prepare for national competition.


Philadelphia students playing Equations.

AGLOA Executive Director Rod Beard covered Michigan’s journey to March Madness’s Final Four for The Detroit News. Here’s a link to Rod’s article on the Wolverines’ heartbreaking loss to Kentucky in the final 10 seconds.

Rod Beard with UM Wolverines

Rod [bottom left] during an interview session.

Events across the AGLOA leagues during the next month:

25 Arrival in Knoxville for AGLOA National Tournament
Opening night activities
WFF’N Proof Rounds 1 & 2
26 AGLOA Nationals – Day 1
LinguiSTHIK Rounds 1 & 2
Presidents Round 1 (#1-12 El/Mid, #1-24 Jr/Sr)
Equations Rounds 1 & 2
World Events (Current Events & American Revolution)
On-Sets Rounds 1 & 2
WFF’N Proof Rounds 3 & 4
27 AGLOA Nationals – Day 2
LinguiSHTIK Rounds 3 & 4
Propaganda Sections A & C
On-Sets Rounds 3 & 4
World Events (Current Events & American Revolution)
LinguiSHTIK Playoffs
On-Sets Playoffs
Optional Fun Activities
28 AGLOA Nationals – Day 3
Equations Rounds 3 & 4
Presidents Round 2 (#13-24 El/Mid, #25-44 Jr/Sr)
Propaganda Sections D & F
Equations Playoffs
Awards Ceremonies
29 Departure from Knoxville

To see all of our of upcoming events, visit our Calendar page. If your league’s events are not listed, please send us your schedule.


U.S. Attorney Has Academic Games Roots

Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr.Kenneth Polite began a four-year term as the U. S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana in September 2013. Kenneth participated in Academic Games at De La Salle High School in New Orleans until he graduated in 1993.

Kenneth Polite (Valedictorian)

Ken showed his versatility across the subject areas by finishing third in individual sweepstakes as a senior at the second AGLOA National Tournament in Orlando. He tied for first in On-Sets with a score of 23 and finished eighth in Presidents with a score of 51, 8 points out of first at a time when Presidents clues were worth 3-2-1. His 33 points in Propaganda tied for first, and he became 


Down Memory Lane

With the 2014 National Tournament just around the corner, we’ll cast this “Down Memory Lane” in the form of a quiz.

    1. The first four Academic Games national tournaments (1966-1969) were held in what state?
      (A) Florida
      (B) Louisiana
      (C) Michigan
      (D) Pennsylvania
    2. The fifth tournament, 1970, the first in a different state from the first four tournaments, was held in what city?
      (A) Detroit, MI
      (B) New Orleans, LA
      (C) Pittsburgh, PA
      (D) Wheeling, WV
    3. Which of these current national tournament games was played at the second tournament in 1967? (More than one answer.)
      (A) Equations
      (B) LinguiSHTIK
      (C) On-Sets
      (D) Presidents
      (E) Propaganda
      (F) WFF’N Proof
    4. Which one of these universities has never hosted an Academic Games national tournament?
      (A) Alabama
      (B) Kent State
      (C) Louisiana State
      (D) Louisville

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