We all know academic competitions plays a vital role in the development of child mind and their learning process and this is why many reputed schools and collages host such competitions every year.
A good academic competition among various institutions promotes other vital things such as donations, prestige and even research grants. Academic competitions have actually been the motivational force behind better facilities of the school, improved sports equipments and campus services.
History tells us, it is proven that the most competitive schools and collages always promote higher education and with these good efforts, they are awarded the best grants and many other benefits. This makes the quality education even better and students have the access to the best curriculum and programs.
Undoubtedly, competition and education has been in the middle of human existence since the immemorial and these 2 elements went hand in hand when it comes to the human development and social interaction. Education is the key in transmitting skills, culture and beliefs, and academic competitions are probably the best way to do that.
Competitions gave birth to a lot of great people in history. Compactions and education are inter-related as both of them aim to promote better development of child. What students learn can be tested through the academic competitions; in fact, it is the easiest way to pinpoint one’s strength and flaws.
Other forms of academic competitions can boost confidence and morale of the students. Students always try to put their best in the competitions. When it comes to the educational system, academic competitions have so many things to offer. It gauges the amount of knowledge that one derived from attending educational curriculum programs.
At this moment, basketball season is going to start and soccer programs are also emerging. So it’s very easy to forget that there are various organizations and clubs who also compete for prices and glory. One of such organization is HHS Quiz Bowl team that has fired up its season, obviously with a tremendous victory. The event took place at Drew Central Invitation on Saturday, January 26.
The team members were Ben Ford, Scott Borgognoni, Dillon Reed, Sophomore Tyler Maxwell and Junior Chris Mondragon. Drew Grubbs served as scorekeeper. Sponsors Eddie Tucker and Brenda Wayne have been expecting great results from the tournament because the team members hard work in the practices.
The tournament began at the morning with teams playing 3 round robin games to determine their seed in the elimination rounds. Hamburg was scheduled to play Warren, Drew Central and Malvern for their morning games. Hamburg started with a great victory over Malvern with a core of 410 – 160. Next game with Warren was more competitive and Hamburg earned a victory with a score of 295 – 160. Third game was very tough with the host Drew Central, and this time, the host had a victory with a score 250 – 215.
After the intermission, the tournament began with the elimination round. Hamburg played against Munmelle’s Academic plus and bounced back with a great victory. Next game was placed against Drew Central that defeated Hamburg in the morning. But at the afternoon, Hamburg crashed Drew Central and the victory put them in the final round of the tournament.
The final was between two old rivals: Hamburg and Bauxite. Bauxite defeated Hamburg in the same tournament in the last year. First half wasn’t easy, but Humber fought hard and had a tremendous victory after the second half with the final score 310 – 240.
Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan has met with the winners of academic competition and the participants in the intellectual contest. Competitors from all over the regions of Akorda and the winner of the contest joined in the meeting with the president of the state. The president encouraged the participants to get involved in more and more intellectual contests and increase their knowledge. He also shared his intention on representing his future vision about the state in a book.
The president emphasizes on the youngsters in changing the future condition of the state. Young age is the perfect time to decide and choose exact carrier. He encourages the students to think about the future days and get ready to participate in the war of betterment. Today’s youngsters will lead the country in future. It is their duty to think about the betterment and improvement of the country.
Participants from various institutions shared their future plans and expressed their feelings with Nazarbayev. Not more than 20 years ago livelihood in Kazakhstan was very difficult. Unstable political and economical condition made the country one of the most unstable countries of the country.
After becoming president Nazarbayev played most important role in Kazakhstan’s independence. Because of him, the country is now stable and improving day by day. Now the citizen can think about their future and work hard to improve their condition. He put great importance in education and for developing knowledge and participation in intellectual contests he’s always ready to support.
To live a normal live you’ve to enjoy yourself with sports, music and books. The president promised to provide all types of support in such contests so the youngsters from Kazakhstan, can now have better scope of reading and participating in various contests.
Savannah Arts Academy Quiz Bowl team participated in the Knowledge Master Open 200 and placed 39th out of 551 schools from all over the world. Among the four Georgian quiz bowl teams participated in the competition, Art Academy placed third. Walton High and Duluth High Schools scored first and two consistently among the four teams. The top two Academies from Georgia consist of more than 2000 students.
This tournament was the entry opportunity for the global competition. Usually quiz bowl tournament is organized face to face but this particular tournament was an exception. In the Knowledge Master Tournament participants were given a CD of timed questions that had to be answered on computers.
The results given to the computer by the participants then were compiled and after examined the officials have declared the rankings of the institutions based on their performance at the competition. Savannah Art Academy team with an amazing performance scored 39th position.
Just take a look back on Savannah Art Academy. There was no quiz bowl team in this institution just four years ago. The board of directors appointed Del Scott then but there was none who took part in the quiz bowl game. But they had one thing, a will to go. There were many interested students who were willing to give it a try. The effective care of coach and hard work of the students have made the whole thing possible.
In September the Academy organized a try-out for the interested students. They students were given 50 questions. That’s the start and they never had to look back. In November they visited Bleckley High School in Cochrane, competed there and ranked second among 30 Georgian schools.
Students who are good in extracurricular activities might soon see the same backing up in the field of athletics. The Richmond school district is setting the example and sent a report the Board of Education with a request for funding students in the potential area where they are able to perform. The report seeks to combine the two policies regarding funding for academics and funding for athletics.
For interscholastic athletic competitions there is budget in Richmond but for provincial academic competitions there is no budget. Students who qualify this competition get nothing compared to interscholastic athletic competitions. Grace Tsang, trustee of Richmond School wrote these facts on his report to Board of Education. As a result of it, the district allow to have a common policy to favor both activities equally and create a standardize process to nourish the potential.
This idea of equality was brought to the committee’s attention by Cambie secondary’s robotic design program. Last year, three teams qualified for the World Robotics Competition in Orlando, Florida. Therefore they had to make a trip to the venue in Orlando but the district was unable to fund them with sufficient money.
The proposal of funding the academic competitions is only for a policy change, so there is no demand of a raise. For instance, current funding model for athletics covers accommodation, registration and travel costs as items eligible for reimbursement. But the new policy will only cover registration and teacher replacement costs. That means those participating in athletic competitions could see a minor decrease in funding, while those in academic contests will receive money they hadn’t seen before.
Tsang hopes this proposal will come with benefits. Extracurricular funding can help students enormously, it will meet their basic needs and they find ways follow other aspect of life.