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News and Notes
Cube Games Rules Changes
The AGLOA Board of Directors charged the LinguiSHTIK and Mathematics Rules Committees with bringing the rules of the cubes games more “in harmony” with each other so that beginning players would not have to learn different ways of doing essentially the same procedure, different names for Challenges, different scoring rules, and so on. As a result, the “end game” procedure of LinguiSHTIK has been considerably modified.
The LinguiSHTIK changes include the following, with the major objective being to simplify the unwieldy forceout procedure. The LinguiSHTIK Tournament Rules, to be posted on agloa.org, will highlight all the modifications.
Changes for Equations and On-Sets
AGLOA Executive Board Meeting
The AGLOA Board held its annual summer meeting July 30-August 2 in Atlanta, the site of the 2016 National Tournament. Present were Larry Liss (FL), Rod Beard (MI), Brother Neal Golden (LA), Steve Wright (MI), and Craig Zeller (LA) of the AGLOA Board plus Adrian Prather (GA), Tiffany Vega (LA), and Michael Phillips (PA) of the Tournament Council (TC). The major outcomes were the following.
Outstanding Educator: Dale Wagner
Dale Wagner coached Academic Games for 15 years for the Seneca Valley (PA) School District. He tutored all the games for students in grades 9-12. He has trained many winning teams and individuals at both the local and national levels.
Dale’s nominator, Jeremiah Finley, wrote this about the honoree.
Under Dale’s leadership, Academic Games has grown from a club on the secondary campus to a thriving club in the fifth and sixth grade middle schools. Because of his support and assistance, students are able to learn the games in the Elementary Division instead of the Middle Division. Even with AP Classes, sports, National Honor Society, the musical, and other opportunities occurring at the same time, Dale is able to support high school students’ efforts to also participate in Academic Games. In addition to organizing the team, he also is responsible for recruiting new coaches and players.
Dale is also a leader in our Western Pennsylvania Academic Games League and has served on the national Social Studies committee and written World Events and Presidents questions for AGLOA.
Dale’s best quality is his caring nature. Speaking to a group of parents whose children were attending this year’s Nationals, he described how exhausting this trip was for the teachers. His main rationale for his fatigue is that he thinks of the students as his own children, and he worries about them for the duration of the entire trip. He is a very supportive coach for his players.
Dale retired from teaching in January, and he has continued to coach Academic Games for the remainder of the 2014-1015 season. Orlando was his final national tournament. The Seneca Valley family – and all of AGLOA – will miss him immensely.
Outstanding Senior: Joseph Arrigo
Joseph Arrigo played Academic Games from 4th grade on at St. Philip Neri School and Brother Martin High School in New Orleans.
He excelled in Equations, On-Sets, Propaganda, and Presidents enough to attend Nationals eight straight years. Locally, he was the individual sweepstakes winner of his division four times and placed in the Top 3 three other times. Joseph was particularly adept at Presidents, which he won four times, placing in the Top 3 three more times.
He accomplished all this despite being involved in numerous organizations: Chorus (President), Drama Club (President), Mu Alpha Theta (State Treasurer), National Honor Society, National Honor Society for Science, Student Ambassadors, Eucharistic Ministers, and Quiz Bowl.
Here’s what his coach, Craig Zeller, wrote on his nomination form.
Joseph’s two years in Senior Division are arguably his best, as an individual and with his team that has never been the same five or four players. Yes, it seems logical that as a nine-year veteran of Academic Games, he could amass a fairly substantial number of certificates, trophies, medals, and Thinkers. But it’s not trophies that make this senior player “outstanding.” It’s his character, his excellence, and his integrity.
He has definitely played a “character” in numerous drama productions at our school, but he also shows his character (Shift of Meaning) when he gives up time day after day to make all the extracurricular activities he is a part of better. Because he knew he could not act in our school’s spring performances, because it typically ran the same weekend as Nationals, he volunteered to assistant direct the plays. This year, he directed their adaptation of The Front Page. I know he would like to be a part of the final performances his senior year that
On top of his various commitments, he still managed to take four Advanced Placement classes this year (seven
In Academic Games, he has always cheered on his peers to win more than for himself. He’s far more accepting of defeat than I ever will be. He knows I hate the phrase, “I’m OK with it.” But that’s because he knows that at every match he has played and with every question he has answered, he has left everything he has on the table. Every time he’s gone into a playoff, including at the 2016 Nationals, he leaves with a great big smile and congratulates the other players win or lose.
I hope that he might be able to assist, as he did last summer, at our New Orleans Academic Games Summer Camp. Even if he cannot, I challenge him, just as I do everyone else […], to continue to find a way to “pay it forward.” #noexcuses
Some people may not realize all that Academic Games has done for them until later in life, but I know that this mature individual has recognized that already. I think his current teammates at Brother Martin High School and from other New Orleans schools can say that nobody has a bigger heart, better personality or brighter future than Joseph Arrigo.
Down Memory Lane
In the mid-1980s, the Junior/Senior On-Sets variation lists included the variations below that are no longer played today or have been modified (such as Double color).
First of all, no variations were automatically in effect. The two interchangeables and Multiple operations had to be selected each shake.
Junior and Senior