The Scholastic Olympics highlight four contests – Spelling Bee, Oratorical/Speech, Math and U.S. History – as a community event that promotes fun and healthy academic competition among high school students in mainly Prince George’s County, as well as in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. We seek to encourage and create an environment that celebrates aspiring youth, as they demonstrate academic skills before families, friends and community leaders. Students courageous enough to display their scholastic talents are tangibly rewarded and acknowledged.
We want to support high school students who are preparing for higher education or a lucrative vocation. Our goal is to contribute to their academic development by offering:
• Monetary awards, medals and plaques to many of the contest participants.
• A nurturing environment that celebrates academics.
• Fun. A day of community and family fun centered on the scholastic competitions.
• Student Service Learning hours to students who volunteer to help prepare for and work on competition day.
A grassroots, 501c3 organization, Scholastic Olympics partners with The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Prince George’s County Public Schools. Each year, special connections are made with a variety of partners, some of whom have included A-Plus Kids, Bowie State University’s Honor Program, the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park and the College Park Aviation Museum.
Scholastic Olympics is the brainchild of the Rev. Emanuel Williams, who successfully spearheaded a community spelling bee in the Lanham, MD area for Coldwell Banker Residential in 2006. He and Dr. Tamara M. Cooke Henry collaborated on the spelling bee and then later developed the format for Scholastic Olympics.
This competition will be modeled after the Jeopardy Game Show format. Categories such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus and potpourri or everyday math will be explored. The advantage of using this game style is that students may play from their strengths by strategically choosing to tackle categories of math they are most comfortable with to earn as many points as possible.
This competition will focus on memorized speeches written and delivered by students who either select from a list of topics that are provided or get approval for their own ideas. The written speech must be approved before public delivery.
This competition will be conducted in the traditional style with each student spelling one word per round. The champion speller is selected if he or she is the only speller remaining in the competition at the start of a round.
This competition is for students who have a passion for our nation’s great history and the contributions of all Americans. This competition also will be conducted in the traditional style of answering questions presented and the student who is able to answer the most questions will be champion of the event. However, students earn points for correct answers in the initial round before moving on to Q/A format.
Awards for Each Event
1st place – $500 + Gold Medal and Prizes 2nd place – $300 + Silver Medal and Prizes 3rd place – $200 + Bronze Medal and Prizes