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Lisa W. Rawls
Academic Competitions Coordinator

P.O. Box 391
Bartow, Florida 33831
Phone: (863) 298-5713
Fax or Message: (863) 968-5169
lisa.rawls@polk-fl.net

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About CAC

The Commissioner's Academic Challenge is a highly academic statewide high school tournament inaugurated in 1986. The districts are placed in three divisions based on the fall FTE summary provided by the Florida Department of Education. Each team consists of six members (a maximum of four players during each of the three rounds and two alternates) and a coach. A maximum of six teams may compete in one competition round. This is not a quick response, trivial pursuit contest. Instead, it is a slower-paced tournament in which players are asked questions from the areas of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, the fine arts, world languages (French and Spanish) physical education, health, and technology. The questions are written by educators from high schools throughout the state.

Who

One team consisting of six high school students and one coach is selected to represent each school district. Students enrolled in grades 9-12 during the 2016-2017 school year are eligible.

What

This event is a highly academic statewide high school tournament inaugurated in 1986. The districts are placed in three divisions based on the fall FTE summary provided by the Florida Department of Education. Each team consists of six members (a maximum of four players during each of the three rounds and two alternates) and a coach. A maximum of six teams may compete in one competition round. This is not a quick response, trivial pursuit contest. Instead, it is a slower-paced tournament in which players are asked questions from the areas of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, the fine arts, world languages (French and Spanish), the humanities, physical education, health, and technology. Educators from high schools throughout the state write the questions.

Where

The 2017 state academic tournament will be held in the Convention Center of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort, Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

When

The dates for the 2017 competition are April 27-29. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. There is no charge for admission.

Why

The goal of the tournament is to provide a prestigious academic arena in which Florida's academically talented high school students are recognized.  A sponsor is being sought to award scholarships to the 2017 winners.
The CAC has invited the Florida Sales Team of Herff Jones, Inc. to join them again for their 31st season of event sponsorship. They are being asked to award rings to the championship team in each of our three divisions. The Florida High School Athletic Association will award trophies to the state champion districts in the three divisions and medallions to the members of these district teams.

Team Florida consists of six students, one each from the division-winning district and three chosen from the remaining teams. A sponsor is being sought to award each of these six students a $1,000 scholarship. ​

Team Florida Qualifications

  • The student must be a member of a Commissioner's Academic Challenge district team.
  • The student should plan to attend the Awards Ceremony, April 29, 2017.
  • A Consent & Release form must be completed and on file in the state tournament office.

How

State tournament support groups include:

How Much

Team grants of $1,000 are awarded to each participating district through a Florida DOE grant and other collected funds. Two registration options are available for 2017:

Option A - $550

Includes:
One (1) Two-day, One park Disney Pass
$50 Disney gift card to help offset the cost of non-tournament meals
Tournament lanyard and T-shirt
Meals included:
Thursday
 – Continental Breakfast, Opening Luncheon
Friday – Brunch
Saturday – Lunch, Closing Banquet

*Tickets for breakfast on Saturday morning are available for purchase. The cost is $55 each.

Option B - $575

Includes:
One (1) Two-day Parkhopper Disney Pass
$50 Disney gift card to help offset the cost of the non-tournament meals
Tournament lanyard and T-shirt
Meals included:
Thursday
 – Continental Breakfast, Opening Luncheon
Friday – Brunch
Saturday – Lunch, Closing Banquet

*Tickets for breakfast on Saturday morning are available for purchase. The cost is $55 each.

Teams may purchase Disney tickets for additional days on their own. Email Lisa Rawls for more information.

No registrations will be sold after March 17.

Rooms are $259 each per night, and districts are responsible for reserving rooms at the hotel by phoning Disney reservations at 407-939-4626 by Friday, March 17, 2017.  Proof of tax exempt status is required at check-in to avoid applicable taxes.

The Awards Banquet is the only meal that may be purchased separately from the registration.  The cost is $100, and extra tickets must be purchased by March 17.