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Commissioner’s Academic Challenge

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The Commissioner’s Academic Challenge (CAC) is Florida’s statewide high school quiz bowl -like academic tournament. It has been held at the Grand Floridian Resort in Walt Disney World each spring, usually in April, since 2015 (previously, it was held at the Contemporary Resort ). Each county school board in Florida is asked to send a team composed of six high school students. Participating counties are separated into three divisions based on their full-time enrollment numbers for grades 9-12.

Contents

  • 1 Tournament Format
  • 2 Awards and Prizes
  • 3 History of CAC
  • 4 External links

Tournament Format[ edit ]

Teams compete in up to four untimed matches, with each match consisting of 1) the 5-point question round of 20 “Button” questions, followed by a 10-point Team Question, 2) the 10-point question round of 20 “Button” questions, followed by a 20-point Team Question, and 3) the 15-point round of 25 “Button” questions followed by a 30-point Team Question. Button questions are quick-response toss-ups, answered by only one team, with correct answers earning points and incorrect answers losing points. The Team Questions are written worksheets, completed by each team, requiring several minutes to complete. Teams earn points for each correct answer, and are not subject to losing points for incorrect answers as they are in Button questions. The questions asked become progressively harder in each round and cover a variety of fields including English, math, science, social studies, art, music, foreign language (French and Spanish), technology, and multi-subject. The questions take a variety of forms, such as matching, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and free response.

Only four players may compete during a given round, but coaches are allowed to make substitutions between rounds. Most matches feature somewhere between four and six teams competing at the same time. A panel of judges is present in each competition room to deliberate if a challenge is declared by a team. These judges are experts in their field of study. A Reader reads most of the questions, aloud, to all the teams in the competition. Some questions, such as foreign language, music, art and physics are written and are distributed on handouts, simultaneously, to all participants. Others, such as music, are played as audio tracks, and some, such as foreign language are displayed as video tracks. A Coordinating Judge manages the competition in the match, which, although untimed, generally runs about two hours.

The CAC is unlike many other quizbowl tournaments in that it is a slower-paced, more team-oriented competition. Team members are allowed to converse with each other at all times, and instead of having individual buzzers, each team is provided with only one or two buzzers that they must share. The CAC also differs from most tournaments in that there is no “rebounding.” This means that once a team has buzzed in on a question, that question is finished regardless of whether the team gave a correct or incorrect response.

Awards and Prizes[ edit ]

At the conclusion of the tournament, the top three teams in each division receive rings from Herff Jones, while the championship and second place teams also receive trophies and medallions from the Florida High School Athletic Association .

In addition, one winning player from each of the three championship counties, and three other players selected “at large,” are chosen to serve on Team Florida, which competes at the National Tournament of Academic Excellence in June.

History of CAC[ edit ]

The tournament began in 1986 and changed names several times before settling on its present title in 1997. The following is a list of winning counties:

YearDivision IDivision IIDivision III
1986SeminoleSuwanneeonly two divs.
1987OrangeHighlandsonly two divs.
1988DuvalClaySuwannee
1989PolkBaySuwannee
1990PinellasHighlandsSuwannee
1991DadeIndian RiverSuwannee
1992PinellasCollierSuwannee
1993DuvalSt. LucieDeSoto
1994PinellasBaySuwannee
1995BrowardClaySuwannee
1996LeonOsceolaSuwannee
1997DuvalIndian RiverDeSoto
1998SeminoleHernandoSuwannee
1999BrevardIndian RiverDeSoto
2000EscambiaLeonTaylor
2001Palm BeachIndian RiverSuwannee
2002EscambiaLeonSuwannee
2003EscambiaLeonSuwannee
2004BrevardSt. LucieHardee
2005ManateeOkaloosaGadsden
2006EscambiaSanta RosaHardee
2007PolkLeonHardee
2008PinellasMartinHardee
2009BrevardIndian RiverJackson
2010EscambiaSanta RosaJackson
2011*EscambiaLeonSuwannee
2012OrangeLeonMonroe
2013PinellasMartinSuwannee
2014SeminoleOkaloosaSuwannee
2015*OrangeOkaloosaSuwannee
2016*ManateeClayColumbia
2017*PinellasMartinWalton
  • – 2011: Held at Coronado Springs Resort
  • – 2015, 2016 and 2017: Held at Grand Floridian Resort

External links[ edit ]

  • Official CAC website

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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.

        • Check out the CAC Photo Galleries (password: challenge)

        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 2017-2018 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 2018 state academic tournament will be held in the Convention Center of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

        When

        The dates for the 2018 competition are April 19-21. 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 2018 winners.
        The CAC has invited the Florida Sales Team of Herff Jones, Inc. to join them again for their 32nd 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 21, 2018.
        • A Consent & Release form  must be completed and on file in the state tournament office.

        How

        State tournament support groups include:

        • Aramark Education
        • Herff Jones, Inc.
        • Florida Department of Education
        • Florida High School Athletic Association
        • Slam-In Slammer Systems
        • Florida School District of Brevard County
        • Florida School District of Pinellas County
        • Florida School District of Polk County
        • Florida School District of Suwannee County

        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 2018:

        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 16.

        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 16, 2018.  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 16.