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Academic Triathalon

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2019-2020 Academic Triathlon Season

Academic Triathlon

It is a fun, exciting program that tests creativity, teamwork, and academic skills of the participants.  Students will create and perform skits, compete in creativity and brain-teaser games as a team, and answer trivia questions.  

There are 3 Tri’s:

  • Mindsprint

    • These are short, creative-thinking activities that each team does.  Some examples include crossword games similar to Scrabble, brainstorming games, or making the best paper airplane with given supplies.  They all test a team’s cohesion, creativity, and participation skills.

  • P.A.R.T.Y. in the Box

    • During the P.A.R.T.Y. Prep time in the meet, teams get the chance to create a skit that fulfills the given prompt.  The teams also get a box full of materials to make their props with. At the end of the night, the teams present their skits in front of the parent audience, as well as the judges.

  • Face-offs

    • Written: This is the first portion of the meet.  Students will complete a trivia worksheet with their team for an 8-minute time period. Questions are a large variety of topics that include health, science, math, English, popular fiction, current events, and much more.  

    • Oral: This is the section of the meet where teams compete head-to-head against other teams in a trivia quiz-like session.  Your team competes against two other teams at the meet and you try to answer trivia questions the fastest, and most correct.  Topics are similar to those of the Written Face-Off.

Informational Meeting

Informational meeting about Academic Triathlon will be on Friday, September 27 from 4:15 to 5:00 pm in Room 7C


Registration is due on Monday, October 7.  Please note, registration is different this year.  This is the link to the form you will fill out as your registration:  This will serve as your registration, instead of an actual piece of paper.  Checks will be turned in to Mr. La Casse in Building B, second floor (checks should be made out to MSA and write on the memo line: Academic Triathlon).

Practice Club

We will be having an Academic Triathlon practice club.  Everyone in Academic Triathlon is welcome. We recommend that you come with your whole team but you do not have to. 

Practice club will be on the following Thursdays in Ms. Nordstrom's room (Room 4, Building A) from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.:

  • November 7: Introduction

  • November 14: Mindsprint

  • November 21: Face-off

  • December 5: P.A.R.T.Y. in the Box

  • December 12: Mindsprint

  • December 19: Face-off

  • January 9: P.A.R.T.Y. in the Box

  • January 16: Mindsprint

  • January 23: Oral Face-off

  • January 30: Written Face-off

  • February 6: P.A.R.T.Y. in the Box

  • February 13: Mindsprint

  • February 20: Face-off

  • February 27: P.A.R.T.Y. in the Box


Round Robin 1: December 6

Round Robin 2: January 10

Round Robin 3: February 7

Regionals: February 28

State: April 4

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