Academic Team Competitions

Kankakee Valley Academic Teams

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Fall – Academic SpellBowl

Content
The competition will be made up of ten rounds with a different team member competing in each round. Each round shall consist of nine words. Words for this competition come from lists published on this site. Word Lists rotate annually.

Teams
Teams are composed of ten members. Ten others may be used as alternates. There is no limit as to how many students may come from any grade level. A student may participate in only one round. There are no substitutions during a round.

Eligibility
All full-time students in grades 9-12 are eligible to compete. Within these constraints, schools may select their teams in any manner and with any additional criteria they choose.

Format
The competition will consist of ten rounds with each round consisting of nine words which will be read by the emcee. After the emcee finishes the pronunciation, sentence, pronunciation and says “Begin”, the participant will have fifteen seconds to write the word in the correct space on the answer sheet. At the conclusion of the time allowed for spelling, the word will be scored before going on to the next word.

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Winter – Academic Decathlon

This year's topic is World War II.

Content
The competition is made up of ten events with objective tests in seven areas (art, economics, language and literature, mathematics, music, science and social science as well as speech, interview, and essay.

Teams
Teams will consist of up to nine members with three being designated as Honors (3.75-4.00) students, three Scholastic (3.00-3.74) students, and three Varsity (0-2.99) students. Each student participates in all 10 events.

Eligibility
All full-time students in grades 9-12 are eligible to compete. Within these constraints schools may select their teams in any manner with any additional criteria they choose.
 

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Spring – Academic SuperBowl

Content
The high school (Senior Division) competition will be made up of five subject matter rounds (English, science, social studies, mathematics, and fine arts) and a sixth interdisciplinary round in which questions may come from any and all of the subject matter rounds. Some interdisciplinary questions will require knowledge of at least two subject areas.

Team Selection
Senior Division teams will be made up of six squads. Each of the five subject area squads will consist of no more than five students. The interdisciplinary squad may consist of seven students. Any given student may compete on a maximum of two subject area squads and may also compete on the interdisciplinary squad (three squads total).

Eligibility
Any student enrolled full-time in grades 9-12 is eligible to compete on a high school team. Any full-time student in grades 7 and 8 is eligible to compete on a junior division team. Sixth grade students may participate if they are housed in the same building with the 7th and 8th graders as a middle school. Ninth graders housed in a middle school must either compete with the team from the high school which they will attend or they may compose a team of their own and compete in the high school division. Within these constraints, schools may select their teams in any manner and with any additional criteria they choose.

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Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad is a team competition in which students compete in events pertaining to various scientific disciplines, including earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering.

 

Making the Grade 

For the past two years, we have participated in the LakeShore Public TV academic contest for area high schools.  The team consists of 4 students and the questions can come from any area of normal high school curriculum.  The contest is taped at Valparaiso University and is broadcast as determined by LakeShore Public TV.

For more information about any of these competitions, please contact Robert Heid – Academic Team Coordinator  -- rheid@kv.k12.in.us