Principals' Memo #1004-09

Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Education
January 27, 2009
TO: Principals
FROM: Linda M. Wallinger, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

SUBJECT: National Tournament of Academic Excellence

The National Tournament of Academic Excellence, formerly the Panasonic Academic Challenge, an academic national high school competition, will occur June 13-16, 2009, at Disney World’s Contemporary Resort Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, to mark the 22nd anniversary of this academic challenge. One team of six high school students and their coach will be selected to represent each state, U.S. territory, and the District of Columbia. Members of the first-, second-, and third-place teams will receive scholarships funded by the National Tournament of Academic Excellence.

The organizers of the National Tournament of Academic Excellence are willing to work with schools and school divisions that may be interested in competing to represent Virginia. For further information, contact Ms. Lisa W Rawls, National Tournament of Academic Excellence tournament director, by telephone at (863) 968-5168, or by fax at (863) 968-5169, or by e-mail at lisa.rawls@polk-fl.net. For additional information about this competition, go to the National Tournament of Academic Excellence website at www.academic-challenge.org.

Additional information is available from Cheryle C. Gardner, principal specialist of fine arts, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, or by e-mail at Cherry.Gardner@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2881.
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