The PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades was originally conceived in 1983. In January 1985, the Academic Bowl became the first program supported by the PAGE Foundation, Inc. Approximately 750 middle school boys and girls participated in this challenging competition during its inaugural year, 1984-1985. This exciting project has continually grown. During the 2014-2015 school year approximately 1,400 students from 59 public school systems and 21 independent schools participated. A total of 59 Georgia counties were represented.
Competition in the program is open to both public and private middle school students in grades 6-8. The continuing success of the program is due in large measure to the fact that Governor Joe Frank Harris not only endorsed the program but participated in the first state final competition in 1985. Such leading figures as Zell Miller, Guy Sharp, Glenn Burns, Ray Moore and Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor have been involved with the program over the past three decades. This program contributes to our continuing efforts for recognizing and promoting academic excellence and good citizenship in the following ways:
- Creates good work/study habits
- Broadens individual horizons of factual information
- Develops poise and confidence in students presenting themselves to the public
- Develops teamwork and good citizenship qualities
- Instills an appreciation for the pursuit of knowledge
The MCSD PAGE Academic Bowl is normally held in November of each academic school year. All of the middle schools in the district participates in this challenging competition. Each school is permitted to bring one team with a maximum of ten members.
Competition Games consist of 10 toss-up and 10 possible bonus questions. The questions cover middle school curriculum objectives in the following areas:
English/Literature, Math, Science, Social Studies/History (including GA)/Geography, Current Events, Art/Music, Physical Education/Health, Computer Science
The winning team is based on the number of wins. If there is a tie, then the round will go into "sudden death," and the first team to answer a tie breaker correctly will be the winner. Points will only be used if needed.
Regional competitions will be held in regions around the state. (Teams will be notified of region assignments in December.) The top two teams from each Region will be invited to participate in the State Championship.
What grades are eligible to participate in the PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades?
Grades 6- may participate in the PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades.
How many students may participate on a team?
Teams must not exceed ten student, five regulars and five alternates.
How many teams may my school send?
Only one team per school.
How many teams may participate from one system?
Up to six teams from a given system may participate, with the max of one team per school. Systems that have more than six interested schools must hold a local play-off to determine which six schools will represent the system at the Regional Competition. Some systems already have a local play-off in place. If more than six teams from your system register for PAGE Regionals and a play-off is not organized, six teams will be chosen at random from the registrations received by the registration deadline.
Does my system have a local play-off?
Currently, the only systems with local play-offs are Bibb, Chatham, Cherokee, Cobb, Columbia, DeKalb, Dougherty, Gwinnett, Forsyth, Fulton, Hall, Houston and Muscogee. This may change from year to year, so please contact your central office to determine if your system has a play-off competition.
What region is my school in?
Regions are not decided until December. Teams will be assigned to the most convenient region on a first come - first served basis. The state coordinator reserves the right to reassign teams to a different region if necessary. Regions can and do change from year to year based on registrations and host locations.
What topics are covered by the questions?
Academic Bowl participants will be asked questions from the following curriculum areas: English/Literature, Math, Science, Social Studies/History (including Georgia)/Geography, Current Events, Art/Music, Physical Education/Health. Additional questions will come from the area of computer science.