Other Academic Competitions - Urgent

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Other Academic Competitions - Urgent

Post by Great Bustard » Fri Sep 26, 2014 11:39 am

This is a bit of an odd and urgent request, but which non quizbowl-style academic competitions out there fulfill the following criteria:
1. Nationwide, but not global
2. Relatively high number of participants
3. Well-run, and fair competition within the structure of how it's set up
4. Have a designated national champion

If you know of such competitions, please list them in the thread below. This is very time-sensitive - I must have this by 2pm Eastern this afternoon. Basically, what I'm trying to do here is distinguish between what's more legit and what's less so within the whole universe of debate/Model UN/various science olympiads/other competitions, etc.
In particular, if people know of such competitions for humanities fields (English, art, music) other than the National Spelling Bee, please let me know. Obviously, I know of quite a few other competitions, but my personal experience is limited beyond the realm of quizbowl, so I'm looking for any advice here.
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Post by Great Bustard » Fri Sep 26, 2014 11:43 am

As a follow up to this, does anyone know if any Americans (other than James Mullen for geography), won any of the international science olympiads this summer?
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Post by RexSueciae » Fri Sep 26, 2014 11:51 am

We the People is a thing. I only know about this because its finals have notably conflicted with National History Bowl since 2012.
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Post by Great Bustard » Fri Sep 26, 2014 11:52 am

Additional follow up - is there specifically any sort of national championship for Model UN or Model Congress?
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Re: Other Academic Competitions - Urgent

Post by jonpin » Fri Sep 26, 2014 12:52 pm

Academic Decathlon fits those criteria to the best of my memory.
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Re: Other Academic Competitions - Urgent

Post by heterodyne » Fri Sep 26, 2014 1:21 pm

I believe that Ocean Science Bowl meets these criteria, except for maybe the nationwide one. Not sure how widespread it is.
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Post by Schmidt Sting Pain Index » Fri Sep 26, 2014 4:26 pm

Academic WorldQuest and Envirothon fit the criteria
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Post by The Polebarn Hotel » Fri Sep 26, 2014 7:00 pm

Great Bustard wrote:Additional follow up - is there specifically any sort of national championship for Model UN or Model Congress?
There is no specific championship for Model UN as far as I know. All of the most important conferences are international.
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Post by Cold Stone Steve Austin » Fri Sep 26, 2014 7:31 pm

I've never done it, but maybe Science Bowl? Also, here is a map of the competition sites of Ocean Science Bowl (http://nosb.org/compete/regional-competition-map/); it's mostly states that have a coastline on either the Pacific, the Atlantic, the Great Lakes, or the Gulf of Mexico, plus Colorado.
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Post by Guile Island » Fri Sep 26, 2014 7:31 pm

You probably already know about it, but Certamen is similar to quizbowl in many ways but focuses on classics and Latin. Wikipedia indicates that it seems to have a NASAT-esque national championship.

I've also been told about Fed Challenge from some of my friends at the Indiana St. Joseph, it appears to have a national championship but also seems to be more similar to something like Model UN than quizbowl.
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Post by Cold Stone Steve Austin » Fri Sep 26, 2014 7:41 pm

Goole by-election, 1971 wrote:You probably already know about it, but Certamen is similar to quizbowl in many ways but focuses on classics and Latin. Wikipedia indicates that it seems to have a NASAT-esque national championship.
Whoops, I totally forgot about this; I was on Team California for the advanced level this summer. The national tournament goes like this: three rounds of playoffs; each match has three teams; each round is 20 relatively short tossups with two related bonuses per tossup. Nine teams make the semifinal playoffs based on total number of points accumulated in the prelims, then the winners of each of the three semifinal matches make it to finals.

Distribution is 40% actual Latin grammar/vocab/listening comprehension/etc., 20% literature, 20% myth, and 20% history.
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Re: Other Academic Competitions - Urgent

Post by jonpin » Sun Sep 28, 2014 11:05 pm

He said NON quizbowl style, hence not Science Bowl or (from the sound of it) Certamen.
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Re: Other Academic Competitions - Urgent

Post by Cold Stone Steve Austin » Mon Sep 29, 2014 12:48 am

So basically, things that don't involve buzzers?
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