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A thorough explanation of rules and guidelines for Bible, music, speech, art, and academics may be found in the National Competition Manual 2020 Edition.


The AACS National Competition has been organized to provide a challenge toward excellence among the students of AACS member schools. This competition will allow Christian young people to develop disciplined skills in various areas of proficiency so that they might better serve the Lord throughout their lives. Certainly a worthy goal of Christian education is to follow the example of our Savior who“increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52).

Eligibility of Contestants

Only senior high students (grades 9–12) who have won or placed in an AACS certified state or regional competition may participate in the National Competition. However, this requirement will be waived for the following exceptions: students in grades 7 and 8 may compete in Orchestra/Band and Handbell/Handchime Choir. Students will be allowed to compete only if their school is currently a member of a state association or is an associate-member school which is in good standing with the AACS. A state may enter only one individual or group in each category.

Eligibility of Entries

The same entry (i.e., music composition, speech manuscript, art entry, science fair project, sermon, or Bible teaching lesson) which placed at the state level must be entered in National Competition. See General Rules of each area for additional eligibility requirements.

Limitation of Contestants

Competition is divided into five areas (Bible, Music, Speech, Art, and Academics). In individual competition a student may enter one category in each of these areas: Bible, Music, and Speech. In addition, a student may enter one or two Art categories and one or two Academic categories. However, he may not enter both composition categories or both science fair categories. (See Academic General Rules.)

Example:      A student may enter Sacred Piano, Declamation, English Testing, Calligraphy, and Sculpture.

Example:      A student may enter Expository Preaching, Vocal Solo, Sculpture, Old Testament Bible Knowledge, and English.

This applies only to individual competition. A student may enter group competition in addition to the individual categories.

Note: Students entering Bible Memory, Debate, and Spelling may encounter irreconcilable scheduling conflicts and should limit their competition to one of these categories. Bible Memory, Debate, and Spelling are scheduled at specific times and for blocks of time that cannot be adjusted. Debate especially can involve a competitor for several hours. If a competitor is involved in other performance events that conflict, he will be required to forfeit a conflicting event.


Registration must be completed in accordance with the instructions provided by the AACS National Office. Failure to submit the appropriate registration forms by the indicated deadline may result in disqualification. Entry fees and room and board fees will be determined annually.

Date and Location

The dates and location of the Competition will be set by the AACS National Office.

Classes of Competition

Two class distinctions shall be made in the categories of Choral Group, Handbell/Handchime Choir, and Orchestra/Band. Class A groups in these categories are allowed to participate at the Class AA level if they did so at their state competition.

                  Class A………….60 or fewer students in senior high (grades 9–12)

                  Class AA………..61 or more students in senior high (grades 9–12)


Awards will be given for first, second, and third place. The state association which receives the most points (three points for first, two points for second, and one point for third) will be awarded the AACS Cup of Excellence.

National Competition Categories

  • Bible Quizzing
  • Bible Memory
  • Bible Teaching
  • Bible Preaching
  • Expository Preaching
  • Evangelistic Preaching
  • Topical Preaching

Individual Events

  • Female Vocal Solo
  • Male Vocal Solo
  • Brass Solo
  • Woodwind Solo
  • String Solo
  • Percussion Solo
  • Sacred Piano Solo
  • Classical Piano Solo

Group Events

  • Small Vocal Ensemble
  • Large Vocal Ensemble
  • Choral Group
  • Small Instrumental Ensemble
  • Large Instrumental Ensemble
  • Orchestra/Band
  • Handbell/Handchime Ensemble
  • Handbell/Handchime Choir
  • Sacred Piano Duet
  • Classical Piano Duet

Individual Events

  • Dramatic Interpretation
  • Oral Interpretation of Poetry
  • Religious Reading
  • Declamation
  • Humorous Interpretation
  • Original Persuasive Oratory
  • Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Oral Interpretation of Scripture

Group Events

  • Acting
  • Readers Theatre
  • Choric Speaking
  • Debate
  • Calligraphy
  • Monochromatic Drawing
  • Polychromatic Drawing
  • Watercolor
  • Oil Painting
  • Acrylic Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Garment Construction
  • Textiles
  • Crafts
  • Printmaking
  • Digital Media
  • Woodworking
  • Mixed Media
  • Still Life and Macro Photography
  • Landscapes and Architecture Photography
  • People and Animal Photography

Bible and Academic Testing

  • Old Testament Bible Knowledge
  • New Testament Bible Knowledge
  • English
  • Algebra/Geometry
  • Advanced Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • World History/Geography
  • U.S. History/Geography
  • Accounting
  • Home Economics
  • Political Science/Economics
  • Music Theory
  • Spanish


  • Spelling


  • Creative Writing: Poetry
  • Expository Writing: Essay

Science Fair

  • Biological Sciences
  • Physical Sciences