• TAG offers a wide variety of academic competitions and other clubs and organizations that provide lots of opportunities for students to get involved, to learn new or improve existing skills, and to meet new people and make new friends!

    NOTE: Groups’ social media accounts and Google Classroom codes (in parenthesis) are included when applicable.

    Barbara Jordan Historical Essay / Latino History Essay: Research and write about an extraordinary, influential person through this essay opportunity. Hone your writing skills and learn about an amazing person at the same time! (Mr. Correa)

    Calculator Applications: Calculate this: Add your math skills to a college app, test or resume, and success will result. Math is power in today’s job market, so multiply your potential by trying this problem-solving contest. (Mr. Burton) 

    Computer Applications: This is a technology-based contest, and the goal is for students to have a thorough, working knowledge of applications and be able to complete substantial tasks in all of them and to direct data from one application to another. The difficulty of the elements on tests will increase as we get to higher levels of competition. (Mr. Burton)

    Computer Science: Bill Gates used to program computers in his spare time and did something right!. Get your start in computer science by learning Java programming and try your hand at writing some programs of your own. (Mr. Burton) 

    Current Issues & Events (fjlxq3k): You'll go around the world in 40 multiple-choice questions as you test your knowledge on current state, national and global events. Watching news shows will pay off when you answer the essay question at the end and take a closer look at one current event. (Mr. Mancini)

    DEBATE (jtcnka2; Ms. Hippensteel / Mr. Sandoval)

    • Congress: This contest provides the opportunity to see what it’s like to be a member of Congress by learning to create and debate legislation with fellow student representatives.
    • Lincoln-Douglas Debate: In this one-on-one values debate, you’ll prepare to argue for or against a resolution. It’s up to you to make arguments that defend your point of view and debunk invalid claims from your opponent.
    • Policy (Cross-Examination/CX) Debate: As part of a two-person team, you will prepare your stance on a particular policy then face an opposing team. You’ll have to think on your feet to defend your ideas.
    • Public Forum Debate (not UIL): Public Forum involves opposing teams of two, debating a topic concerning a current event. Students present cases, engage in rebuttal and refutation, and participate in a “crossfire” (similar to a cross examination) with the opportunity to question the opposing team.

    JOURNALISM (wreh7ae; Mr. Correa)

    • Copy Editing: Edit or regret it! This contest is a three-part opportunity to showcase your ability to correct material for accuracy and readability.
    • Editorial Writing: You’ll take a stance on a controversial school issue and back it up with facts and examples.
    • Feature Writing: If you love developing a story, this contest is for you. You’ll be provided with the facts and quotes you need, and then it’s up to you to piece together a journalistic feature story your readers will remember.
    • Headline Writing: You decide what’s most important about six news stories and create headlines. The challenge is to be creative in your word choice and adhere to the word and line counts as you write tomorrow’s headlines.
    • News Writing: In this contest, you decide what’s fit to print as you make your way through a set of facts and quotes and pick out what’s important. You’ll create a cohesive story that inquiring minds have a right to know.

    Literary Criticism: You'll need a critical eye as you scan through literary history. You’ll analyze literature from a provided reading list as well as literary passages not on the list. A short essay serves as the tiebreaker that could put you over the top. (Ms. Weber)

    Mathematics: Algebra, geometry, pre-calculus, oh my! Come armed for this test with your knowledge and understanding of a variety of mathematical subjects such as geometry and trigonometry as you compete against your peers. (Mr. Burton)

    Number Sense: Ten minutes is all it takes to find out if you have good number sense. You’ll work with your coach and team to develop and practice shortcuts to solve the mental math test and still beat the clock. Make sense? (Mr. Burton) 

    Ready Writing: Ready, set, write! A short prompt will provide the inspiration for your creative ideas as you explore a topic or prove a point. (Ms. Wells)

    Robotics: Bolt on over to Robotics programming where students are exposed to hands-on learning and apply their knowledge to real-life problem solving in a competitive environment. (Dr. Lee)

    Science: The science contest is all about the importance of experiments and scientific discoveries. Your knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics will help you select the answers on this 60-question multiple-choice test. Individual awards are given in each area, so even students who have not yet taken all the science courses can excel! (Ms. Morrison)

    Social Studies (fjlxq3k): If your interest lies in movements, wars, history and politics, this contest will give you more than enough material to explore. The contest requires you to apply your understanding of history and culture through multiple-choice questions and an essay. (Mr. Mancini)

    SPEECH (pjyjrj5; Mr. Correa)

    • Informative Speaking: You’ll draw a current event and have 30 minutes to review files. Then you’ll present a speech that informs your audience on all aspects of the current event you’ve researched.
    • Persuasive Speaking: You have 30 minutes to review your files on a current event and argue about that topic. The goal is not just to present relevant information, but to convince your audience that your position is solid.
    • Poetry Interpretation: In poetry interpretation, you’ll choose a selection that fits in the given category to present to an audience. This contest emphasizes literary analysis through expressive oral reading.
    • Prose Interpretation: Those with a flair for expressive oral reading have a chance to combine their passions. You’ll select a piece of prose in each category, then carefully explore the art of expressing it orally.

    Spelling & Vocabulary: Whether you’ve already aced the SAT verbal section, or you could use some extra practice, this contest keeps you focused on the details. By the end, you may be correcting your teachers’ spelling and using words your coach has never heard. (Ms. Yan)


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