Keyword for this page: Academic Competitions
Lisa W. Rawls
Academic Competitions Coordinator
611 Post Ave. SW
Winter Haven, Florida 33880
Phone: (863) 298-5713
Office Location: Garner Elementary
The Fifth Grade E-Team Tournament begins with preliminary competitions in which schools are grouped by geographical areas. The two top-scoring schools from these January preliminary rounds compete in one of three semifinal rounds in February or early March. Preliminary and semifinal competitions are open only to staff, students and their family members of the competing schools. The two top-scoring schools from each semifinal then compete to claim the title of Polk County Champion.
The tournament consists of two rounds - the Semifinal round in which all participating schools compete in one of several competition rooms and the Championship Round in which the six schools with the highest scores from the Semifinal round compete to claim the title of County Champion. These two rounds are held during after-school hours on consecutive days in March.
The Polk County High School Academic Tournament is a highly academic competition for high school students. Each team consists of six members (four players and two alternates) and a coach. 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 language, and technology. The questions are written by educators from Florida high schools to mirror existing curricula.