Nearly 1,100 Academic Games players, coaches, and parents visited Cincinnati, Ohio, April 23-26, 2010, to challenge each other at the Academic Games National Tournament. Everyone rushed in from Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Florida, and Taiwan to enjoy a fun-filled, challenging four-day experience. They faced extreme competition from one another and also enjoyed many life-changing experiences.
The City of Cincinnati and the Millennium Hotel were wonderful hosts. Groups enjoyed many side trips in the area.
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, or were enlightened by techniques of propaganda, or created writing 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 World War II. 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 45th renewal of the annual National Tournament, new strategies were deployed, and new knowledge was discovered. The 2010 Academic Games National Tournament crowned champions and honored players, coaches, and teams. More importantly, the event promoted character and integrity.