ACADEMIA is Shelby County’s academic quiz competition for grades 9-12. The purpose of Academia is to promote friendly competition among the local schools in an academic format. There are currently 9 county schools that participate in Academia. The league season consists of 5 weeks of matches. Each match pits 3 schools against one another at 3 different sites. Questions at each site are identical. Teams score points for each correct answer given. Rankings are based on how a school finishes at each site. Ties are broken based on a school’s total points for the year. The winning school receives a travelling cup to display. Matches are free and open to the public.

A match consists of 10 rounds, each dedicated to one of 10 categories. Schools may switch players during the break between rounds. The categories include:

 Literature                                          Geography/World History                   Language                              Current  Events

 Fine Arts                                           Science                                                Math                                       Sports/ Ent. / Leisure

 US History/Government                  General Knowledge                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Local businesses support an Academia Scholarship with generous donations each year, with one scholarship awarded to each school. Senior members of the Academia team may apply for this scholarship. 

Academia students interested in attending Edison Community College are also eligible to compete for a Scholarship sponsored by Edison. One scholarship each year is awarded to a Shelby Co. Academia alumnus.

Any Russia student in grades 9-12 is eligible to participate in Academia. Tryouts are held separately for each category over the course of a couple weeks in September. Practice materials may be checked out from Mrs. Salisbury.  All tryouts will be held in Mrs. Salisbury’s room.