Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence
The Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence is a nonprofit organization which runs the National Scholastics Championship (NSC), an end-of-year championship for North American high school
quizbowlteams. The NSC has been run in June of each year since 1998.
In addition to running the tournament, PACE awards the Benjamin Cooper Academic Ambassador Award each year at the opening ceremony of the NSC. The award is chosen by PACE members to honor "a high school academic competition team member, advisor, or organization whose character best promotes the spirit and honor of quiz bowl competition." It is named for Ben Cooper, who, as the captain of the
It's Academic quizbowlteam at Georgetown Day School, worked with the PACE founders to provide a player's perspective on the plans for the inaugural NSC. Ben Cooper died in an automobile accident just before the start of his senior year. In 2004, PACE expanded its recognition program to include a "Young Ambassador" Award to recognize individuals from high school or college quizbowl programs (or alumni) for "valuable and significant contributions to the high school academic competition community". These awards are essentially the only national awards given in recognition of contributions to high school quizbowl.
Beyond running the NSC, PACE offers advice and staff assistance to high schools and colleges who run high school
quizbowltournaments. PACE does not supply questions for regular season tournaments or offer a collegiate competition program.
ummary history of the NSC
* [http://www.pace-nsc.org Official PACE website]
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