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News and Notes
Presidents Questions for Nationals
AGLOA is in need of Presidents question writers for the 2016 National Tournament in Atlanta.
The guidelines for writing questions, as listed in the Presidents Tournament Rules, are as follows.
Also, for Junior/Senior Divisions #1-24 only, clues may contain information about U. S. Leaders Group 3: Henry Clay, Benjamin Franklin, William Lloyd Garrison, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, John Marshall, Daniel Webster
Here’s an example of a bad 6-point clue for presidents 1-12.
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Down Memory Lane
I Think, Therefore … I Play: Celebrating 50 Years of Academic Games, prepared by Stu White for the 2015 tournament in Orlando, is a treasure trove of memories. Here’s one of the many stories in this magnificent publication.
Jennifer Jacobs Agosti won an Outstanding Senior Award at the national tournament at Rock Eagle, GA, in 1988. Here is part of her tribute to Academic Games that she wrote for the 50th Anniversary.
I graduated from Nova High School (Fort Lauderdale, FL) in 1988 and went off to Yale University where I got my B.A. in Political Science and then to the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard to get my Masters in Public Policy where I fortunately met my future husband. (Mike grew up in Michigan,south of Detroit, and was fascinated to know how much I seemed to know about Detroit Renaissance and Cass Tech.) …
I certainly would never think of myself as any sort of AG star, just a gal who loved the challenge, camaraderie, competition, and fun that came with AG. Highlights for me include sleeping in the luggage rack on the bus to Georgia, the last-stop Waffle House before arriving at Rock Eagle, and facing those ham hocks and hockey pucks, the wooded path with pine cones, our pale blue Broward County jackets, coaching the middle school team and a legendary finals LinguiSHTIK match where I faced off against Eric Cox, my closest friend in the games. Eric and I traded positions all year long at regional competitions so it was fitting that we would end up together at finals. We agreed that we just wanted to tie. We were told we couldn’t decide that, we’d actually have to play. So we played. And we simply made sure that we tied. We traded back and forth, a little challenge thrown in for good merit, but we made sure that the score would be even at the end. It was just perfect. Competition to the end—but all in the spirit of friendship.
My thinkers are sitting next to me at this moment—bookends on my office bookshelf. The kids love to imitate them. They’re still just as beautiful as they were when I first got them.