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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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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) 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 2015-2016 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 and technology. Educators from high schools throughout the state write the questions.

Where

The 2016 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 2016 competition are April 21-23. 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 2016 winners.

The Florida Sales Team of Herff Jones, Inc. will join us again for their 29th season of event sponsorship. This year they will be awarding rings to the championship team in each of our three divisions. In addition, the Florida High School Athletic Association will awards 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 districts and three chosen from the remaining teams. These six students earn the distinction of representing Florida at the upcoming National Tournament of Academic Excellence.  ​

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 23, 2016.
  • A Consent & Release form must be completed and on file in the state tournament office.

How

The 2016 state tournament support groups include:

How Much

Team grants are awarded to each participating district through a Florida DOE grant and other collected funds, lowering the cost for seven (7) registrations (inclusive of a three-day Park Hopper pass and eight meals beginning with the morning orientation reception on Thursday, April 9 and concluding with the Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 23) to $1,850.  Additional registrations are $450 each.  The deadline for payment is Friday, February 26, 2016. 

No registrations will be sold after March 6.

Rooms are $229 each per night, and districts are responsible for reserving rooms at the hotel by phoning Disney reservations at 407-939-4626 by Friday, February 26, 2016.  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 $80, and extra tickets must be purchased by March 6.