Academic Tournament teams from all 10 Frederick County public high schools are preparing for heated competition in matches to take place Fridays at Frederick High. All matches are open free to the public.
The first match on Friday, January 4 will begin at 5:45 p.m. Subsequent matches on Fridays, January 11, 18 and 25, February 1, 8 and 15 begin at 6 p.m. The final matches and championship tournament are Friday, February 22, 5:45 p.m. Snow dates, if needed, are Monday, January 28 at 6 p.m. and Tuesday, February 26 at 5:45 p.m.
In its 38th year, the local Academic Tournament promises to bring excitement as students go head to head, putting their knowledge and recall to the test. Each three-way match has five rounds; the fourth consists of 10 questions from a previously announced special topic for the week. After all teams have competed in final matches on February 22, the three high-scoring teams will continue in the championship until a winner is declared that evening. The championship team gets to showcase the trophy for the year.
Since 1982, Linganore teams have won the tournament nine times, Frederick High has won six, Gov. Thomas Johnson, Middletown and Walkersville have each won five, Urbana has won three times, Brunswick has won twice, and teams from Catoctin and Tuscarora have each won once.
Retired Walkersville High School teacher Eric Reickel will serve as master of ceremonies, reading questions at the event, with Academic Tournament coordinators Nick Diaz and Kelly Misner assisting and confirming the scores. Teacher sponsors agreed that 1969 will be the special topic for the finals on February 22. The special topics for each week are the National Football League on January 4, 1970s music on January 11, villains in literature on January 18, heroes in film on January 25, dinosaurs on February 1, the Roosevelts on February 8, and the geography of Islam on February 15.
Tradition also includes bestowing the Curriculum Specialists’ Award at the championship to an individual or group, to be announced, who has made significant contributions to the tournament’s success.
Watch for updates at http://fcacademictournament.webs.com/