Welcome to the National Tournament
of Academic Excellence!

The National Tournament of Academic Excellence (formerly known as the Panasonic Academic Challenge), is a highly academic national high school competition modeled after Florida's statewide tournament. Each team consists of six students (four players and two alternates) and one coach. As many as six teams may compete against each other in one competition. This is not a quick response, trivial pursuit contest. Instead, it is a slower-paced tournament in which players are asked questions from the areas of mathematics, science, language arts, social studies, the fine arts, world languages (French and Spanish) and technology. The questions are written by educators from high schools and colleges throughout the nation.

Competition Date:
June 13 - 16, 2009
Contemporary Convention Center
Walt Disney World Resort

Tournament Results

First Place: Kentucky - 217 points
Second Place: Oklahoma - 191 points
Third Place: Colorado - 184 points
Fourth Place: South Carolina - 181 points
Fifth Place: Florida - 180 points
Sixth Place: Ohio - 146 points

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Tournament Survey

Click here to complete the 2009 Tournament Survey

2009 Tournament Information and Forms

Alumni Alert

If you were a participant in any of our tournaments, please send a message telling us:

  • Your Name and Address
  • The tournament(s) and year(s) you were a participant
  • The team on which you participated
  • Your current activities
  • Where you attend(ed) college
  • How the tournament(s) affected your life
  • Or any additional comments you would like to express about the tournaments

If you would like to make a charitable contribution to the National Tournament of Academic Excellence , make checks payable to: POLK EDUCATION FOUNDATION and mail to the address below. A receipt will be sent upon request.

Lisa W. Rawls
Academic Competitions Coordinator
P.O. Box 391
Bartow, Florida 33831

Click here to contact Academic Competitions.

2009 Corporate & Education Sponsors


Materials for Purchase