Oklahoma academic team flexes scholastic muscles at national competition

Oklahoma academic team places third in national contest, brings home scholarships and rings.
By Paighten Harkins, Staff Writer Published: July 7, 2014
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This competition emphasizes science and math, unlike other competitions that focus more on literature and history, Bliss said. Additionally, sometimes the questions are asked in ways that require input from several different knowledge bases.

For instance, students might be asked to take the number of wives King Henry VIII had and multiply that by the atomic mass of chlorine, then divide it by the year the Wright Brother first took flight.

“It’s just a fun way to go and play with what you know,” Bliss said.

For winning third place, each team member will receive a $500 scholarship and a championship ring.

Kappen, who was selected for the All-America team, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship and a crystal trophy, according to the press release.

To try out or learn more

Tryouts for next year’s Team Oklahoma begin in October. Interested students should visit oaac.org for tryout information, Bliss said.


National Tournament of Academic Excellence

2014 competition results

First place: Florida

Second place: Pennsylvania

Third place: Oklahoma

Fourth place: Colorado

Fifth place: Louisiana and Ohio

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