History Argument Guidelines


Two or more team members will prepare the history argument and will present it on the Challenge Day before a panel of judges. The argument, which should address the prompt below, should be 6 to 10 minutes in length. Visual aids, like PowerPoint, are allowed. Your argument must include primary source evidence and interviews that the team members have conducted. On the day of the event, you will submit a list of sources used in the development of your argument. If the list of sources is not included, 15 points will be deducted from the final score. If the list of sources is submitted but does not contain either primary source evidence or interviews, 10 points will be deducted from final score. See scoring rubric.

History Prompt is posted on the Rubric page.


Prior to the competition, students should have engaged in a sustained study of one or more books. Choosing from a list of titles, students will compose a creative response, which may be a poem, letter to a character, or additional scene using any of the following approaches.

Event Guidelines


1. Imitate the style of the author (tone, diction, sentence structure, etc.).

2. Incorporate the central image or motif from the text.

3. Imitate the form of the author.

*Book list for Literature event posted on Rubric page.



Math and Science Quiz Bowl

Math and science quiz bowl teams will consist of three members.  The team determines the division of responsibilities.


Event Guidelines


All teams will compete at the same time and will have an equal opportunity to answer all questions.


The moderator will read the question. After the question is read, teams will have a designated amount of time to answer each question.  Times will vary depending on the difficulty of the question and the amount of calculation required.


Questions for the quiz bowl will be drawn from the subjects of algebra, geometry, physics and chemistry.  Questions will generally be drawn primarily from the subject matter concepts outlined for the competition.  However, some questions may drawn be from outside of the subject matter concepts.  These questions will, however, conform to the broad subject areas of algebra, physics, chemistry, and Geometry.


Questions will be classified into three difficulty levels, which will have a corresponding time range for answering questions and a corresponding point value. Incorrect answers or unanswered questions are awarded 0 points.


Prior to the competition, students will create a mural that includes their team name as well a representation of the current theme of the Tenacity Challenge, which is "Racism, Reparations and the 2020 Elections". 


Mural Rationales will be typed and exhibited alongside each mural.

Event Guidelines

UPDATE: Mural size minimum has been changed to 2' x 3'.

Murals must be at least two feet by three feet at MINIMUM. The maximum dimensions for murals is eight feet by four feet, either horizontally or vertically.

Murals must fall within these dimensions or five points will be deducted from the team’s final score.


Murals and a TYPED rationale should be submitted when the team arrives at the competition. Each team rationale should be displayed next to the mural.


Once submitted, murals will be evaluated by judges according to the established rubric.  


The top five highest-scoring teams will be invited back to the mural exhibit where they will field questions from the judges.


The scores of all judges will be averaged.  Averages will be extended to four decimal places to determine the highest score.


The team with highest scoring argument will be declared the 1st place winner. Second and third place winners will also be declared.


In the event of a tie, judges will assign one point to the mural they feel is the strongest.  This point is for tie-breaking purposes only.  It will not factor into the cumulative score determining the overall winner of the competition.