Academic Tournament Championship Friday, Feb 24

Academic Tournament Championship Friday, Feb 24

Academic Tournament teams from all 10 Frederick County public high schools are preparing for heated competition in final matches for the championship, slated for Friday, February 24, 5:45 p.m. at Linganore High.  The championship is open free to the public. The snow date, if needed, is February 27 at 5:45 p.m.

For the first time, the Tournament is recognizing the team that is first seeded before the championship. This year, the Brunswick team has earned the “regular matches” championship. Teacher coaches are Louis Eskuchen and Jim Kelly.

“It will be exciting to see if Brunswick will also win the full tournament championship,” says tournament co-coordinator Nick Diaz.

In its 36th 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 24, 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 and Middletown have each won five, Walkersville has won four, Urbana has won three times, and teams from Brunswick, Catoctin and Tuscarora have each won once.

Walkersville High teacher Tom Kollai 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 American Film Institute Top 100 Films will be the special topic for the finals on February 24.

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.   

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