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The Polk County High School Academic Tournament is a highly academic competition for high school students. Each team consists of six members (four players and two alternates) and a coach. This is not a quick-response, trivial pursuit contest. Instead, it is a slower-paced tournament in which players are asked questions from the areas of mathematics, science, language arts, social studies, the fine arts, world languages and technology. The questions are written by educators from Florida high schools to mirror existing curricula.

Congratulations to Bartow Senior High School, the 2019 Polk County High School A-Team County Champions

36th Polk County High School Academic Tournament – County Championship

Sponsored by the Polk Education Foundation,
and the School Board of Polk County

February 12, 2019
Bartow Civic Center

RESULTS

County Champion – Bartow High School – 201 points
Second Place – Haines City High School – 192 points
Third Place – Harrison School for the Arts – 178 points
Fourth Place – Chain of Lakes Collegiate HS – 159 points
Fifth Place – Lakeland High School – 146 points
Sixth Place – George Jenkins High School – 138 points
Seventh Place – Santa Fe Catholic High School – 130 points
Eighth Place – Polk State Lakeland Collegiate – 126 points

ALL COUNTY TEAM MEMBERS

Manning Chen – Bartow High School
Aaryan Dhaduk – Bartow High School
Ian Duncan – Lakeland High School
Jesse Herring – George Jenkins High School
William Jarrett – Haines City High School
Jun Ling – Haines City High School
Colton Page – All Saints’ Academy
Alex Shamoun – Bartow High School

Coaches: Peggy Frisbie, Chris Guice

Six (6) of the 8 students are selected by the coaches to participate in the Commissioner’s Academic Challenge in April at Walt Disney World.

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WHO?

One team of six high school students and one coach is selected to represent each high school in the district at this tournament. The inaugural year for the PCHSAT was 1984.

WHAT?

The tournament is a highly academic competition for high school students. Each team consists of six members (four players and two alternates) and a coach. This is not a quick-response, trivial pursuit contest. Instead, it is a slower-paced tournament in which players are asked questions from the areas of mathematics, science, language arts, social studies, world languages (French and Spanish), technology, the fine arts and the humanities. The questions are written by Florida educators to mirror existing curricula.

WHERE?

Five practice rounds are held during September through January at various high school sites prior to the county championship tournament.

WHEN?

The Semi-final Round of the Polk County High School Academic Tournament will be Tuesday, January 29th at four sites around the district.

The Championship Round is scheduled for Tuesday, February 12th at the Bartow Civic Center. All competitions begin at 3:30 and the public is invited. There is no charge for admission.

WHY?

The tournament goal is to provide a prestigious academic competition in which the district’s academically talented high school students are recognized. The team members and coaches of the first-, second-, and third-place teams receive plaques; the six finalist schools are awarded trophies; and the Polk County champion receives the Clara Hirschfield Trophy for Academic Excellence. The Polk Education Foundation will award a $500 scholarship to each of the six winning team members.