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Scholastic Meet: Contest Descriptions

General Information:

Contest results will be split into two divisions according to the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) classifications for Academic BowlsSchools in Class A, 2A, or 3A will compete in one division and schools in Class 4A, 5A, or 6A will compete in a different division. The contests for both divisions will take place in the same room, but the results will be scored by division.

REGISTRATION

First, determine the eligibility of your students for each exam from the contest descriptions below. Next complete the online form below and submit by Friday, March 20. Receipt will be acknowledged by an email to the address you provide on the registration form. If you do not receive acknowledgement of your registration, please contact J.C. Sanders at jcsanders@usao.edu

Please be as accurate as possible concerning the number of students participating in each contest.

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Detailed Information and contest descriptions:

The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma sponsors the annual USAO Scholastic Meet to provide opportunities for students to compete and be recognized for academic excellence. Examinations cover typical school courses described below.

GENERAL RESTRICTIONS

At most, TWO students per school are permitted in any one of the contests listed below (except as noted in the contest descriptions). Students may not repeat an exam in a subsequent year. Some contests have additional enrollment restrictions listed for the exam. Calculators are NOT allowed for any of the contests. Native speakers are not permitted in language exams.

These contests are objective examinations in multiple-choice format. Students should bring #2 pencils and erasers for these contests. Calculators are NOT allowed for any of the contests.

Accounting

This contest covers the material in a first-year high school accounting course.

Business Mathematics

This contest is based on problems from standard high school textbooks for a course in business mathematics. Calculators may NOT be used during the contest.

Economics

This contest covers the material in a first-year high school economics class.

Students should bring #2 pencils and erasers for these contests.

American Literature

This contest consists of a timed essay. Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of major ideas in American literature by analyzing a provided poem in a thesis-driven argumentative essay. Essays will be scored by USAO faculty on quality of argument; organization and support; and grammar and mechanics.

American Sign Language I (ASL I)

This contest evaluates receptive language skills, vocabulary, grammar, and culture. The contest is multiple-choice format and is restricted to students currently enrolled in ASL I or those that have completed ASL I, but have not taken any additional ASL classes. No native signers permitted. Up to three participants from each school are eligible for this contest. Due to space restrictions this contest is limited to 30 total contestants.

American Sign Language II (ASL II)

This contest evaluates receptive language skills, vocabulary, grammar, and culture. The contest is multiple-choice format and is restricted to students currently enrolled in ASL II or those that have completed ASL II, but have not taken any additional ASL classes. No native signers permitted. Up to three participants from each school are eligible for this contest. Due to space restrictions this contest is limited to 30 total contestants.

British Literature

This contest consists of a timed essay. Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of major ideas in British literature by analyzing a provided poem in a thesis-driven argumentative essay. Essays will be scored by USAO faculty on quality of argument; organization and support; and grammar and mechanics.

French I

This contest evaluates language skills including vocabulary, grammar and culture. The contest is multiple-choice format and is restricted to students currently enrolled in French I. No native speakers permitted.

Spanish I

This contest evaluates language skills including vocabulary, grammar, and culture. The contest is multiple-choice format and is restricted to students currently enrolled in Spanish I. No native speakers permitted.

These contests are objective examinations in multiple-choice format. Students should bring #2 pencils and erasers for these contests. Calculators are NOT allowed for any of the contests.

Algebra I

This contest covers topics common to the first-year of Algebra. Restricted to students currently enrolled in a first-year Algebra course.

Algebra II

This contest covers topics common to the second-year of Algebra. Restricted to students currently enrolled in a second-year Algebra course.

Geometry

This contest covers topics in Euclidean plane geometry.

Pre-Calculus

This contest covers topics in advanced algebra, trigonometry, and introductory analysis.

Calculus

This contest covers topics in functions, limits, differentiation, and integration. 

These contests are objective examinations in multiple-choice format. Students should bring #2 pencils and erasers for these contests. Calculators are NOT allowed for any of the contests.

Anatomy & Physiology

This contest covers introductory topics in human anatomy and physiology. 

Biology

This contest covers basic botany, zoology, animal anatomy and physiology, genetics and ecology. This contest is restricted to students with one year or less of high school biology. 

Chemistry

This contest covers chemical formulas, balancing equations, gas laws, solutions, acids and bases, chemical structure and bonding, electrochemistry and stoichiometry. This contest is restricted to students with one year or less of high school chemistry.

Computer Literacy

This contest covers the following topics: history of the computer industry, processing cycle, processing environment, I/O devices and interfaces, central processing unit, data representation, auxiliary storage, file organization, data communications, application and system software, system analysis and design, programming languages, number system and BASIC.

Physical Science

This contest covers basic aspects of physics, chemistry, astronomy, meteorology, geology and energy. This contest is restricted to students in a first-year General Science or General Physical Science course. Students who are enrolled in or have completed chemistry or physics courses are not eligible.

Physics

This contest covers mechanics, energy, heat, waves, sound, electricity and magnetism, electric circuits, optics and modern physics.  

Social Science contests are offered in U.S. Government, U.S. History, World History, Oklahoma History, Psychology and Sociology. All contests are objective examinations in multiple-choice format. The majority of the questions are derived from standard high school text books and principally from subject matter ordinarily introduced in a typical high school course on the subject. Students should expect to encounter some questions designed to elicit information a notch above the norm. Students should bring #2 pencils and erasers for these contests.  

In this contest, students will demonstrate their drawing and design abilities. Materials and subject will be provided. This contest is restricted to one student from each school.
There are two music contests that take place. The first, Music Fundamentals, is an objective examination in multiple-choice format. The second, Music Talent, is a performance based competition.  

Music Fundamentals

This contest covers the physical materials of sound and time as well as concepts of notation, scales, tonality, keys, intervals, triads, and basic Roman numeral analysis.

Music Talent

In this contest, students demonstrate their musical talent on voice, an instrument, or both. Students have 60 seconds (strictly enforced) to perform one selection (or segment) of music for the judges. Students may perform unaccompanied or with piano accompaniment. A piano will be provided, but students must bring their own accompanist. No CD tracks or pre-recorded music allowed. No microphones allowed.  An amplifier will be provided for electric instruments. Instrumentalists (other than piano or percussion) must bring their own instrument. Students will not be allowed to warm-up on percussion or the piano prior to the competition.  Due to time restrictions, this contest is limited to 35 total contestants (maximum of 2 per school).

Guidelines for the Acting Competition

Little Theater, Davis Hall, USAO Campus, 17th and Alabama Streets, Chickasha

Registration will begin at 7:45am in the Lobby of Davis Hall Theater. Performance order will be determined on a first-come, first-serve basis. Performances begin at 8am. Teams arriving after 8:30am will be registered only at the discretion of the judges.  It is suggested that students arrive having already "warmed up." Limited time and space will be available for last minute preparation. Because of increasing numbers of participating schools, teams are encouraged to pre-register by contacting Katie Davis in the Theatre Arts department at (405) 574-1310.

All teams will be assigned a “response session” with the judges. Teams MUST attend response sessions to qualify for awards. Response sessions will be scheduled every 45 minutes and will last 15-30 minutes. Coaches/teachers are strongly encouraged to attend the performances and feedback sessions. (Teams can choose time slots that do not overlap with other tests.) 

The performance space will be the Davis Little Theater, a 300-seat proscenium stage in the North end of Davis Hall. The stage and playhouse are wheelchair accessible. USAO will provide stage space, lighting, and rehearsal cubes (18”) and chairs. All teams are invited to bring audience members to support their work. Disruptive audience members will be asked to leave.

Judges will recommend awards for the top scenes and awards for the best individual overall acting. Judges will provide feedback forms to all participants and their coaches. View the judges' response form online.

  • Each participating school may enter ONLY TWO teams in the competition. We hope you will have a preliminary run-off at your school and send your best teams to compete.
  • Each team of two students will present a staged, memorized scene from a script.
  • The actors should introduce themselves and the title and author of the script from which the scene is cut. Teams MUST NOT introduce characters or story of the scene.
  • The scene must be a minimum of 3 minutes and a maximum of 5 minutes in length. This is very important and scenes that do not meet time limits will be disqualified.
  • Set up time WILL NOT BE INCLUDED in the time limit for the overall performance. Timing begins when the “slate” introduction begins. Please keep it simple!
  • There are no guidelines for casting or content of scenes, but actors are cautioned to review the categories being judged and note that there is no advantage for “spectacle.”
  • Scenes must be performed by two actors. Both actors must be full-time students.
  • You should bring no scenery. Actors may choose to bring simple props and/or may costume as they see fit, but the judging emphasis will be on the performance. 
  • Actors may NOT use: lighting effects, music, recorded sound, scenes from movies or television, pyrotechnics, weapons (even stage weapons) or real food/drink of any kind.
  • Scripts/notes will not be permitted.
  • It is strongly recommended that actors perform published material.
  • Actors should make scene selections from dramatic literature (serious or comic play scripts) and are discouraged from the adaptation of newspaper articles, short stories, etc.
  • Participants assume responsibility for the procurement of permission to perform published material. (TEACH Act generally allows “fair use” of most plays for academic purposes.)
  • This is an acting competition. Scenes will be judged on technical skills (physical characterization and vocal presentation), clarity of story, focus and discipline, adherence to time limit, and quality of interpretation of character(s) and relationship. Please coach your teams accordingly!

AWARDS

An awards ceremony will take place after all the contests conclude. We hope your school is able to attend so contest winners can be recognized by their peers. The awards ceremony begins at 1 p.m.

Medals are awarded for the top three places in each contest by division. School trophies are awarded to the top school in each division. The top school in each division is determined using the points accumulated by the top three finishers in each contest.

Please make every effort to pick up your awards at the awards ceremony. An effort will be made to send awards that are NOT picked up at the awards ceremony to the appropriate party, but we cannot guarantee awards will be mailed. A summary of the placement of all of your students in the competition will be sent to the e-mail address provided at registration several weeks after the event.