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 a book from this year's list.
For further information, please see the description posted on the rubric page, as guidelines have changed for 2020-2021.
*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.
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 an artwork that includes their team name as well a representation of the prompt for 2020-21: What can we learn from other people's lives?
CHANGES TO THE ART COMPETITION HAVE BEEN MADE FOR 2021. PLEASE SEE THE RUBRIC ON THE RUBRICS PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
UPDATE: Artwork size minimum has been changed to 2' x 3'.
Artwork must be at least two feet by three feet at MINIMUM. The maximum dimensions for artwork is eight feet by four feet, either horizontally or vertically.
Artwork must fall within these dimensions or five points will be deducted from the team’s final score.
The top five highest-scoring teams will be invited back to the art 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 artwork 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.