Nearly 1,100 Academic Games players, coaches, and parents visited Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, West Virginia, April 28-May 1, 2012, to challenge each other at the Academic Games National Tournament. Traditional teams zoomed in from Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida to enjoy a fun-filled, challenging four-day experience. New teams joined us from Detroit and its suburbs and from Colorado as AGLOA continues to grow. Everyone faced extreme competition from one another and also enjoyed many life-changing experiences. A Talent Show shined with incredible acts. For the high school players, a Prom was conducted the last night and was a major hit.
A special highlight of the Tournament was a visit from all five players from the five time sweepstakes National champion Empty Set team from S. Lyon MI and their coach Pam Placek. They were so excited that they asked to come back for the 2015 50th Anniversary Tournament. All the current players that they read to and shared experience with were enthralled with what has happened to these former champions since they last competed.
Competition was held in the traditional four Divisions: Elementary (grades 6 and below), Middle (8 and below), Junior (10 and below), and 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, were enlightened by techniques of propaganda, created sentences with expanded vocabulary, became more knowledgeable about the history surrounding our national leaders, or displayed a thorough knowledge of current events or the Supreme Court of the United States. Every player learned how to deal with the emotions of victory and defeat. Each became a better person.
Quality of play continued at the highest level. Incredibly, at the 47th renewal of the annual National Tournament, new strategies were deployed, and new knowledge was discovered. The 2012 Academic Games National Tournament crowned champions and honored players, coaches, and teams. More importantly, the event promoted character, integrity, and excellence. Academic Games inspired a new generation of players.
Junior Sweepstakes Champions
I Don't Know, Ann Arbor MI
Middle Sweepstakes Champions
One Shen Short, Ann Arbor MI
Elementary Sweepstakes Champions
Kamikaze Kupkakes, New Orleans LA
2013 National Tournament
Charlotte NC April 26-29
The 2013 the Academic Games National Tournament will be held April 26 - 29 in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Charlotte Business Park. Groups will arrive on Friday, April 26 for registration and the opening ceremonies. Competition will take place April 27-29, with awards on the evening of April 29. Over 1,100 participants are expected.
Players, coaches, and parents will be housed in the Hilton Charlotte Executive Park and the Marriott Charlotte Executive Park. Overflow hotels in the area will be identified. All Tournament events and meals will take place in the two main hotels.
A full slate of six Academic Games championships will be offered, along with rules meetings, coaching improvement classes, visits from alumni, and other recreational activities. 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 2013 Tournament will begin in November 2012 when the Tournament Announcement Packet will be emailed to league directors and available on the AGLOA website. Interested schools and leagues are encouraged to respond promptly since the rooms are limited in number.