# AGazine, May 2020

## News and Notes

May is always a transition month for Academic Games – from last year’s variations and themes to the new school year’s variations and themes. But this year, with no national tournament, the transition has some new wrinkles.

Equations and On-Sets

With no opportunity to discuss proposals face to face at Nationals, there is a moratorium on rules changes in these games for 2020-21. However, situations that require clarification may be submitted for discussion by certified judges in the affected divisions. Any modifications to comments and examples in the Equations Tournament Rules/On-Sets Tournament Rules or situations in the Officials Manual will be included in those publications by July 1.

The usual shift from Even-year variations to Odd-year variations takes place. (Whether the school year is Even or Odd is determined by Nationals. So 2020-21 is an Odd year although 2019-20 has certainly been an "odd" year in another sense of the word.)

• Elementary Division: Two-digit Numerals, LCM, GCF, and Number of Factors replace Average, Smallest Prime, Percent, and Decimal Point.
• Middle Division: Number of Factors, Exponent, and Powers of the Base replace Average, Percent, and Decimal Point.
• Junior/Senior Divisions: The variations are the same every year – no even/odd alternation.

Note: The Even-year and Odd-year variations are all listed in the 2019-20 Equations Tournament Rules. So coaches can consult those rules for the wording of the Odd variations and any comments and examples before the 2020-21 Equations Tournament Rules are published July 1.

Also, the April and May online Equations quizzes have already focused on the Odd variations.

Propaganda

The sections for 2020-21 are: B, C, D, and E.

The April and May online Propaganda quizzes covered those sections.

LinguiSHTIK

The 2020-21 Tournament Rules will be available by July 1.

Presidents

For 2020-21, the Presidents groupings are as follows:
El/Mid: Group B #16-33 (16-24 first round, 25-33 second)
Jr/Sr: Group B #16-33 and Group C #28-45
The Themes are: All Divisions – Occupations and Posts; Jr/Sr – Immigration

The April and May online Presidents quizzes focused on those groups and themes.

Theme

The theme for 2020-21 is the 1990s.
The Social Studies committee is currently developing the outline of topics, which will be published by July 1 at agloa.org and will be included in the July AGazine.

Current Events

The year changes to 2020.

## Down Memory Lane: National Academic Olympics XIX

The newspaper published by the National Academic Games Project following the 1984 Nationals at Rock Eagle, GA, contained this story.

More teams and more players competed in the Elementary Division than any other division in the history of the National Academic Olympics. 73 teams consisting of 365 players participated in this year’s program. In 1978 there were eleven teams and 55 players – six years of hard work has produced impressive results.

Louisiana’s Jefferson All-Stars swept the Sweepstakes with first place wins in LinguiSHTIK, Ameri-Euro Card, On-Sets, Overall Social Studies, and Overall Math. They also had second-place wins in both Overall Language Arts and Mr. President.

The Metairie All-Stars from Jefferson Parish won second place in Sweepstakes, finishing first in Overall Language Arts and third in LinguiSHTIK. They also tied with the Capitalists from Palm Beach for second place in Propaganda/Strange Bedfellows.

Third place in the Sweepstakes went to the South Lyon First Edition from Michigan. They finished in second place in Overall Math and tied for third place in both Equations and On-Sets. Hally Masters of the Game tied them in Equations, and New Orleans Little Woods A team tied with them in On-Sets. Bates Humanoids won third place in Overall Math. They tied for first place with the Longfellow Bandits in Equations and won second place in Wff’N Proof.