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February 2010 Newsletter

In This Issue
National Tournament Bracket Information
Testimonial
Practice For Your Brain
Magnet Mania!

Become An NAL Sponsor!

Sponsors receive recognition nationally and in their local communities. Many school districts are interested in participating, but need sponsorship from local businesses, organizations, and parents. You can become a sponsor by going to the website and clicking on donate.  Your contribution is tax deductible. For more information about participating, contributing, or sponsoring a league, please contact us at
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Support the NAL by Participating in a Matching Grants Program

Are you a parent, a spouse or someone else who believes in the NAL? Do you or someone you know work for a company that matches  donations to nonprofit corporations? Then you can ask to match gifts to support the National Academic League. Matching Grants Programs increase the value of contributions by matching the amount you pledge.


You can also find sponsors for your local league. Look for businesses in your community that might want to support education or have demonstrated an interest schools. Even though some may not be able to donate cash, they can be a great source for support items.





National Tournament
Starts March 1, 2010
Brackets Are Now Posted for the
Terrel H. Bell National Tournament of Academic Excellence 

http://www.nationalacademicleague.org/

The National Tournament is a unique experience using distance learning-technologies. To best prepare teams,
 a dry run of the National game is recommended.

"It's like a major sporting event you're competing in. You're prepared and you know you're the best you can be, but you never know until it's all played out."   John Alden
A Testimonial
I can attest that NAL is a gateway to a much much larger world for many of these kids.  They go on to Academic Decathalon, Speech, AP coursework, and many many higher level academic activities.  ... amazing ex-students and their stories of success and contribution to our world. Those old coaches (like me!) will back this up. G. Carbonneau
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Practice For Your Brain - Take 5 Q's

1. Identify the two cities in Italy where the fictional love story of Romeo and Juliet took place. 

2. Name the author of this famous quote. "The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances"

3. Describe the pathway the blood travels through the heart.      

4. Name the U. S.  President who created a national banking system, the National Banking Act, resulting in standardized currency.

5. Determine the seven prime numbers when added together equal 75.

(View answers on the NAL website http://www.nationalacademicleague.org/)


Magnet Mania!

Georgia
This month, the NAL magnet was found in the state of Georgia.

Remember to send a digital or phone picture of your Magnet and License Plates to office@nationalacademicleague.org

We want to feature your state next month. 

 

So Where in the World is the NAL Magnet?

Thank you for your support of the National Academic League! Motivation and the will to learn are the keys to success in developing the intellectual talent of America's students.
Donna L. Elmquist  PhD
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March 2010                                                   NATIONAL ACADEMIC LEAGUE®  Newsletter





Congratulations!
Utah and North Carolina Vie for National Championship
The National Tournament started March 1, and it has progressed through the Sweet Sixteen, the Elite Eight, and the Final Four. Now Wasatch Jr. Hi, Granite School District, Salt Lake City, UT and Randolph Middle School, Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools, Charlotte, NC will compete in the championship game. The winner will receive the Terrel H. Bell Award® For Academic Excellence. Each NAL league sends a champion team to participate in this single elimination tournament. Teams do not travel to compete. Instead, they use video conferencing to play with other teams across the nation.
NAL Banquet in Wichita, Kansas
Wichita Public Schools held their 9th Annual NAL Awards Banquet at the Sedgwick County Extension Office. This was the largest awards banquet ever, and participants included 435 students, parents, school administrators and teachers. Narrators for the banquet were Jordan L. from Stucky, and Selby M. from Hadley who both did an outstanding job. The keynote speaker was the Past BOE President who commended the NAL students for their successes and told how his three children all benefited from their experiences in NAL at Marshall Middle School. All enjoyed an outstanding video on this season's league.
  In Honor of Ms. Barbara Brotton - Wilbur Middle School
Ms. Barbara Brotton who is retiring this year was recognized for her 17-year commitment and participation in the NAL in Wichita, KS. In 1993 when the NAL started in Wichita, she was Wilbur's  scorekeeper/timer for two years. For the past 15 years, she has been one of the Wilbur NAL coaches. During those15 years the Wilbur team won the Wichita championship  and moved into the National Tournament 11 times. They were the National Runner-up in 2001 and the National Champion in 2003. A recent statement reflects her feelings about NAL: I will take with me many memories as a result of NAL. It has given me opportunities I never would have dreamed about when I started teaching almost 37 years ago.
In This Issue
National Championship Game
NAL Leage News
Take 5 Questions
End of Season Sale
NAL Tournament Links
Charlotte-Mecklenberg
Randolph Middle's NAL team, made up of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders are Charlotte-Mecklenberg School's bright and shining stars. This will be Randolph's second year to place in the NAL Champion Game. This year Randolph played Hanes Middle School  in Winston-Salem and Heaton Middle School in Pueblo to arrive at their Champion game status.

Pueblo School District

Heaton Middle School had a great showing this year! They Defeated Baltimore's Woodhome to advance to the Elite 8. Pueblo will be hosting their NAL Awards Dinner on April 19 at 7 pm.

Wasatch Defeats Brockbank in Final Four---Spotlight on Granite School District, Utah
Game Granite
A key to success for Granite has been their practice strategy, and  the effort they put into motivating their NAL students. The teams practice five hours a week after school and sometimes on Saturday. They are so devoted that once when school facilities were not available, they got permission to practice at a local mortuary! In May, the District Champion Team, Third Quarter Champion Team, and the team winning Best Sportsmanship will be honored at the Board of Education meeting that is attended by proud parents, grandparents and coaches. The First, Second, and Third Place Scorers from each of Granite's two divisions also attend. All will receive awards. Next, the district champion and runner up teams go to the Lagoon Amusement Park for the day -- courtesy of the district.
Practice For Your Brain - Take 5 Q's
1.Calculate the GPA of a student who made a "C" in Trigonometry, a "B" in American History, an "A" in Botany, and a "B" in Microbiology if some courses contribute more towards an overall GPA than other courses. For example, a science class is worth 4 points; mathematics is worth 3 points; History is worth 2 points; and English is worth 3 points. The values of the grade letters are as follows, A= 4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0.
2. Identify  the country where you would  find an ancient Easter tradition called "Smingus-Dyngus" -- a custom of people pouring or splashing water on each other.
3. Identify the Shakespearean play that has the line  "A horse! A horse ! My kingdom for a horse."
4. Name the planet that has a diameter of 4,200 miles and orbits our sun every 687 days.
5. Explain the name "Pesach" and then describe this important Jewish Holiday.

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We want to share your successes with others. We post your information on the web site, use it to talk to others about the NAL, and share ideas and strategies.  Plus, its fun for us to hear from you!
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National Tournament Count Down

The Terrel H. Bell National Championship Tournament is in progress. Watch the website to see who advances in the Sweet Sixteen, Elite 8, Final 4, and Championship brackets of academic
March Madness!

  Schedules and brackets here...

 Students in the news here...

 

 

NEW Trophy Choices for 2010

Its time to order awards for team and individual accomplishments. We offer a wide choice including rosettes, medals, sculpted and acrylic trophies. Your "Academic Athletes need recognition, and we have just the award they will be proud to have. An added bonus is that  your order helps to support the NAL.

 

 

 

  News from the National Tournament

NAL champs Wilbur Middle (Wichita Public Schools, Wichita Kansas) and Fairfield Junior (Davis School District, Farmington, Utah) played one another in a Sweet 16 bracket of
the National Tournament.                 
                                                Wilbur Middle School NAL Team


 

From the Wichita NAL Commissioner, Colonel Robert Hester:

8th annual National Academic
League Awards Banquet at the Sedgwick County Extension Office.  More than 350 students, parents, school administrators and teachers attended.  Narrators for the banquet were Meagan Shannon from Stucky, and Danny Nguyen from Curtis. Keynote
speaker was Learning Services Division Director Susanne Smith who commended the NAL students and thanked coaches,
officials, administrators, and parents for their support. 
Hamilton Leadership Cadets presented the Colors and the National Anthem was sung by cadets Callie Hobkirk, Mariah Green and Brook Weakly from Brooks Middle Magnet Leadership Program. Mr. Dale Brotton gave the invocation.
Mark Mohesky prepared an outstanding video on this season's league which was enjoyed by all.

Individual awards were presented to NAL students in all schools for High Scorer, Most Valuable 3rd Qtr Player, and Most Inspirational. 

Team awards went to:
Brooks for Excellence in Sportsmanship
Hadley for most successful 3rd Qtr
Stucky for most improved
3rd Place finishers were Horace Mann and Robinson

Runner-Up champion - Hadley
District Championship Team  - Wilbur.

Special thanks to Beth Drescher for securing the Extension Office for us and to Northwest Grizzly Battalion for setting up and decorating the banquet room


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Take 5 Q's 

 

 

1.Name the person who said:
 "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."

 

2. Explain the effect on the environment that may be caused by the current bee malady known as Colony Collapse Disorder?

 

3. Determine whether Joey the leprechaun, who has a pot of gold filled with 34 coins and gets 17 more coins but loses 5 coins while riding a rainbow, will still have half as many as his brother Liam. Then, calculate how many coins Liam has.

 

4. Name the US state known for "First in Flight" and explain why.

 

5. State the term for a a three-leafed clover or a plant similar to clover that serves as the national emblem of Ireland

 

Find the answers on www.nationalacademicleague.org