Manual, Update, and Rules

Manual Information

Manual—The AACS Competition Manual (2015 edition) will govern National Competition 2016–2020.

Be sure to purchase the manual for your school and carefully review it. State competitions often operate under different rules. Competitors must follow current Nationals rules and use the current AACS judging forms at Nationals.

The AACS Competition Manual (2015 edition) includes the Science Fair Manual. The Science Fair Manual was significantly changed with this edition. Previous editions no longer apply.

The AACS National Competition Manual is copyrighted material. Please adhere to the following.

  1. The CD that you purchase is for use of your school only. Other schools must purchase their own CDs.
  2. You cannot burn additional copies of the CD. If your school needs access to more than one copy of the CD, you need to purchase additional CDs accordingly.
  3. You may copy the digital file or print the manual or portions of the manual for use within your school. For example, you may copy the digital file on the principal’s computer, the secretary’s computer, and the competition coordinator’s computer. You may print the art rules and judging forms for your art teacher or a competitor.
  4. You may print judging forms for your school to use as needed.

Highlights of Changes

Competition Annual Update

You Need to Know

The AACS Competition Manual (2015 edition) will govern National Competition 2016–2020. Be sure to purchase the manual for your school and carefully review it. State competitions often operate under different rules. Competitors must follow current Nationals rules and use the current AACS judging forms at Nationals.

Bible
For Bible Memory and Bible Quizzing the official Bible can be purchased from www.aacs.org ISBN 978-1-56320-654-2.

Instruments Provided Categories: Percussion Solo, Large Instrumental Ensemble, and Orchestra/Band
The instruments that will be provided only for percussion solo, orchestra/band, or large instrumental ensemble are the following: 5 Ludwig timpani in standard sizes including 32”, 29”, 26”, 23”, and 20”; a 36”concert bass drum; large gong; chimes; vibraphone; rosewood xylophone and marimba (4.3 octave, 5.0 octave marimba is available by request); and glockenspiel. BJU will not provide mallets or sticks. Please do not use the very hard clear plastic mallets made of Lexan. Lexan is a polycarbonate resin that will damage rosewood.

Extemporaneous Speaking

Topics will be drawn from January, February, and March issues of the following news magazines: World Magazine and Time Magazine. Student research and speech references are not limited to the magazines from which topics will be drawn.

Spelling Study Lists
The Spell It! information is available online, www.myspellit.com, and is free to all schools. All the words listed are linked to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary with audio pronunciations. The emphasis of the Spell It! is to teach students to learn how to spell and to minimize the memorization of words.

  • AACS High School Competition
    • Study lists may be accessed at www.myspellit.com. Words are organized into sections by language of origin. Words are further organized into “Study Words” and “Challenge Words.” Spelling Bee Booklets are no longer available; however, each word list may be printed for study purposes by selecting the “Print” tab. Spelling bee words will not necessarily come from these lists but will come from the same categories. Instruct high school students to study all sections.
  • Junior High and Elementary Competitions. Contact your state association for Junior High and Elementary guidelines!
    • Junior high competitions are governed by the various state organizations. AACS suggests instructing junior high students to study the following sections (accessed at www.myspellit.com): Arabic, Old English, Greek, Words You Need to Know, French, German, Italian.
    • Elementary competitions are governed by the various state organizations. AACS has a study list available on the AACS website (aacs.org)

Competition Annual Update
Refer to the AACS Website, the Competition Annual Update, and the National Competition Manual (2015 edition) for information regarding this year’s topics for Bible categories, the Debate topic, rules updates or clarifications, and other important information.

You Need to Know