National Academic Games Championship 2011





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Published on Apr 15, 2011

Academic Games National Championship 2011
The National Academic Games Championship has all the trappings of an athletic competition . . .
Uniformed teams, score keeper, score board and clock. Officiators watch to make sure the game is conducted by the rules.
The coaches are here, keeping team members focused. And this event was televised . . . actually, teleconferenced. That's how Hanes Middle School in North Carolina and Wasatch Junior High in Salt Lake City faced off in this coveted battle of the brains.
Darryl Thomas, Granite School District
"Just like march madness, start with 32 teams, narrow to national champion. Very few won, very prestigious, feather in cap to any school."
For Wasatch Jr. High's team captain, this season is a make-good for last year, when the team came oh-so-close to a national title.
"Last year was disappointment, this year more determined to win. Sstatistics show we will win, but statistics aren't everything."
Today, Wasatch wins the coin toss, and carries the first salvo of questions to an early lead.
"X equals 8. That's correct."
Two thousand miles away, Hanes scholars put their brains together and took on national policy.
At the half, Wasatch edged an eight-point lead. But big points were at stake in the last two quarters. In the presentation round, impromptu displays, art work, logic, and argument can net another 23 points.
Then comes the one-on-one lightening round, the final quarter where a buzzer-beater can get first crack and the answer and game-winning points.
With a history of Academic Games experience, Wasatch students pulled away to an 88 to 62 victory, and the national Academic Games title.
(Clock expires, cheers)
Tom Allen, Coach... decided to pour it on."

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