Step 1 - Applying

Thank you for your interest in the 2009 National Tournament of Academic Excellence . Many states and US territories have a selection process in place to determine the representative team. However, high schools from the following states and US territories can follow the three steps listed here to apply for consideration of being named their state’s representative team.

States and US Territories Eligible for this Process

Alaska Hawaii Montana Rhode Island
Arizona Illinois Nebraska South Carolina
Arkansas Indiana Nevada South Dakota
California Kansas New Jersey US Virgin Islands
Colorado Maine New Mexico Utah
Connecticut Massachusetts New York Washington
Delaware Michigan North Carolina Wisconsin
Georgia Minnesota North Dakota America Samoa
Guam Mississippi Oregon Puerto Rico

Step 2 - Background Information

Sponsored By:

  • Florida Department of Education
  • Herff Jones, Inc. - championship rings and All America Team medallions


One team of six high school students (four members/two alternates) is selected from each state.


A highly academic competition covering these subject areas: language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, the fine arts, technology, and foreign languages (French and Spanish). Each team competes at least twice. Each competition lasts approximately two hours.


June 13 -16, 2009


Disney's Contemporary Resort, Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida


Teams take part in this most prestigious national competition for academically talented high school students.


Rooms at the Contemporary Resort are $215 per night (maximum of 5 persons per room). The cost per registrant is $375 and includes one 3-day Park Hopper® theme park pass and eight meals (one breakfast, one brunch, two lunches and four dinners) beginning with Saturday evening's opening reception and concluding with Tuesday evening's awards banquet. Registrations for all attendees must be purchased in advance.

Participant Awards


Six team members and one coach will each receive

  • First place: $2,500
  • Second place: $1,500
  • Third place: $500
National Championship Rings:

Each first-, second-, and third-place team member and head coach will receive a ring from Herff Jones, Inc. Each participant will receive a commemorative pin from Herff Jones, Inc.

All America Academic Team:

Six students will be selected regionally to receive $1,000 scholarships.

Team profiles:

  • must be received by March 13, 2009

Selected teams:

  • will be notified by April 3, 2009


  • from participating teams is due by April 24, 2009

Organizational and Operational Support

Florida Department of Education
  • Florida Education Foundation
School Board of Polk County, Florida
  • Division of Learning
  • School-Based Operations
  • Academic Competitions Department
  • Polk Education Foundation
School Board of Pinellas County , Florida
  • DYNAMX Digital

Transportation Information

Disney's Magical Express

Complimentary Airport Shuttle Service.

Intent to Participate Form

An Intent to Participate Form must be on file before you complete the application process below. This form must be submitted via email ( or via fax (863-968-5169). Choose one of the links below to download the form in either Microsoft Word format or PDF format.

Continue to Step 3!

Step 3 - Application Packet

An Intent to Participate Form must be on file before you complete the application process below. This form must be submitted via email ( or via fax (863-968-5169).

The following is needed as part of your application packet to be submitted by March 13 for consideration by our selection committee:

1) A letter from your school principal or school district superintendent (whichever is appropriate) giving permission to apply and attend if selected.

2) A team profile listing the competitions your team has participated in during THIS school year. This should include the number of teams at each competition as well as the results. Any supporting media coverage is welcome.

3) An "Individual Profile" sheet completed by EACH of your six team members. That form is available here for download.

Submit your completed application to:
Lisa W. Rawls, Tournament Director
P.O. Box 391
Bartow, FL 33831-0391
Phone: (863) 968-5168
Fax: (863) 968-5169

Contact our office with questions/concerns or if you have difficulty accessing any of the documents. We look forward to receiving your application. Explore the rest of our Web site for additional information.