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2013 Season ACE Program References 6 yr. Reference

 

 

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  ACE (Academic Competition in Education) is an academic competition for area (Northwest Arkansas) high school students. Fifteen high schools participate including: Bentonville, Decatur, Elkins, Farmington, Fayetteville, Gentry, Greenland, Huntsville, Lincoln, Prairie Grove, Rogers, Shiloh Christian, Siloam Springs, Springdale, and West Fork. Additional schools have indicated an interest in participating and will be afforded that opportunity as additional funding becomes available.

 

 

 

 

 


El Nading, competition moderator,
poses questions during a match.

       
  The ACE season begins with a day of practice matches in December. Competition starts in January. Each match is broadcast on KURM radio. The competition generates a great deal of excitement in each school. Student bodies attend and the matches take on an atmosphere similar to a sports event. The event showcases academic skills, recognizes and promotes academic excellence, and has a positive influence on the academic interest of all students. ACE makes it "cool" to excel academically.

The top three teams meet in a championship match with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place receiving $2000, $1500, and $1000 respectively. These funds are used by the schools for academic projects and scholarships for deserving ACE competitors. In addition, the Northwest Arkansas Community College provides seven scholarships, one to each school in the finals.