Pennsylvania State Academic Competition

  • The Pennsylvania Academic Competition began in 1992 under the sponsorship of Representative Joseph Pitts (R-Chester County) who provided a $5,000 WAM grant to cover costs. The first annual competition was held in the House of Representatives on May 29, 1992, with 12 school districts representing 11 different Intermediate Units. Now in its 30th year, approximately 24 intermediate units will participate in the 2020 Pennsylvania Academic Competition. The Pennsylvania Academic Competition is hosted by Representative John A. Lawrence of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and coordinated by the Chester County Intermediate Unit. The Pennsylvania State Education Association generously sponsors the competition and underwrites the scholarships for the finalists and champions.

    2019/20 Pennsylvania State Academic Competition

    This year's Pennsylvania State Academic Competition is hosted by the Honorable John Lawrence and sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Education Association.
     

    Each of the 29 intermediate units in Pennsylvania is permitted to send one high school academic team to participate in the competition. The championship team will receive a $2,000 scholarship for their high school. Finalists will each receive $500 for their school.
     

    2019-20 Guidelines

    Download the PA State Academic Competition Handbook


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    Champions

    Congratulations to all of Pennsylvania's outstanding high school scholars and especially to its academic champion teams, including:

    (1992) Conestoga High School (IU #24)
    (1993) Radnor High School (IU #25)
    (1994) Downingtown High School (IU #24)
    (1995) General McLane High School (IU #5)
    (1996) West Chester East High School (IU #24)
    (1997) State College High School (IU #10)
    (1998) Manheim Township High School (IU #13)
    (1999) Manheim Township High School (IU #13)
    (2000) Lancaster Catholic High School (IU #13)
    (2001) Moravian Academy (IU #20)
    (2002) Downingtown High School (IU #24)
    (2003) Emmaus High School (IU #21)
    (2004) Emmaus High School (IU #21)
    (2005) Emmaus High School (IU #21)
    (2006) State College High School (IU #10)
    (2007) Scranton High School (IU #19)
    (2008) State College High School (IU #10)
    (2009) Wilson Area High School (IU #14)
    (2010) West Chester Rustin High School (IU #24)
    (2011) West Chester Henderson High School (IU #24)
    (2012) West Chester Henderson High School (IU #24)
    (2013) Conestoga High School (IU #24)
    (2014) Downingtown East High School (IU #24)
    (2015) Downingtown East High School (IU #24)
    (2016) Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School (IU#20)
    (2017) Spring Grove High School (IU#12) 
    (2018) Great Valley High School (IU #24)
    (2019) Hempfield High School (IU #13)

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  • Date:
    Friday, April 24, 2020
     
    Time:
    9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
     
    Location:
    PA State Capitol Building  
    501 N. 3rd Street
    Harrisburg, PA 17120
     
    Contact:
    Jay Stone
    484-237-5053
     
    Hosted by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives & coordinated by the Chester County Intermediate Unit