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.
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.
For Bible Memory and Bible Quizzing the official Bible can be purchased from www.aacs.org. Because the Bible previously used as the AACS Competition Bible is no longer in print, we have selected a Bible from a different publisher. We will be accepting both Bibles during 2020 competition.
ISBN Numbers accepted for 2020 Competition
Previous Bible: 978-1-56320-654-2
New Bible: 978-0-718-09754-7
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.
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.
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.