Auburn University to hold East Alabama middle school scholars tournament

AUBURN – Auburn University will host teams from East Alabama middle schools in the inaugural History and Current Event Scholars Tournament on Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Auburn University Student Center ballroom. Registration for the tournament is under way with an Oct. 30 deadline.

The purpose of the competition, hosted by Access and Community Initiatives, a unit of Auburn University’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, is to promote teamwork and study skills, to encourage a broader sense of social awareness and to give students an opportunity to showcase school pride.

Each team will consist of five participants with two alternates. All participants must be in grades 6, 7 or 8 or between the ages of 11 and 14. Each middle school may have up to three teams provided there are no duplicate players on any team. Each team must be preapproved by the principal of the middle school. The competition is open to a total of 20 teams, with a registration fee of $25 per team. The event is open to the public.

Questions for this year’s tournament will consist of U.S. and world history questions on the 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade levels as well as current events questions pulled from the headlines of major U.S. newspapers.

“We are very excited about this event and encourage East Alabama middle schools to register teams,” said Paulette Dilworth, assistant vice president for Access and Community Initiatives. “We hope that this tournament will become a pillar of Auburn University’s commitment to reach out and partner with local schools. Through this fun, challenging and educational event, participants will see the value of team learning and group participation.”

For more information and tournament registration forms, contact Brandon Wolfe at (334) 844-5042 or

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