Welcome to the Virtual Challenge Meets!!
My name is Chuck Thompson...I am the District Librarian, the Director of Instructional Materials and the Academic Coordinator at City View HS in Wichita Falls. Last year, after several years of tinkering, we officially unveiled...
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We have developed a system for running entire invitational academic practice meets virtually...no travel costs, no meal costs, no getting up in the wee hours on Saturday morning to drive a yellow-hammer across our great state to compete...the Virtual Challenge Meet concept allows for maximum flexibility, minimal costs and MUCH greater competition in that you will be competing with schools your size from all across the state.
The tests are made available to you on the Monday prior to the posted date of the Meet and you can administer them anytime that week you see fit, grade them and report your team's scores on this Virtual Challenge Meet website by the following Saturday, the posted date of the meet, by the midnight deadline. The scores will then be tabulated and posted within minutes on this and other academic websites. We had been mailing out awards, but last year we voted to send the cost of the awards and the mailings to West ISD or some other charity in the future. We instead developed a Certificate Generator which generates about 950 Award Certificates each Meet and emails them to each school where you can print them off.
Some schools test as they can fit it in throughout the testing window, some schools have their students all meet after school or on Saturday morning as a team to take them or an additional option that I think is the best of both worlds is to get together with 2-3 schools in your close proximity and have a little "mini-meet"...that way students are still in a competitive environment, you have additional graders, no tabbing, no costs and still get to compete with schools across the State. Which option you choose is entirely up to you and your team, whatever works best for you and your team.
In last year's four regular season Virtual Challenge Meets alone, over 230 different schools competed and a remarkable 12,271 students tests were taken and their scores posted.
Even more exciting is the fact that in 2013, in the ten events we offer, 27 out of the 50 Individual State Champions, and 30 out of the 50 Team Event State Champions competed in the Virtual Challenge Meets,
Additionally, 9 of the top 15 Overall Academic Teams (the Top 3 Teams in each of the five Classes) competed in the Virtual Challenge Meets.
The key to having a quality and successful academic meet you must have two things:
GREAT TESTS and GREAT COMPETITION and we think you will find we have both...
In addition to having one of the UIL State Contest Directors on our Test Writing Team (in a different event), the rest of our Test Writing Team is made up of State Champion Academic coaches and university professors that have repeatedly answered the charge of writing top quality academic tests that will emulate the UIL tests in design, depth and difficulty. Combine that with the tremendous state-wide competition that is continuing to grow and we feel like we have the components in place to provide you and your team the best training experience possible.
We have tried to make the cost for our Virtual Challenge Meets very affordable to maximize the number of schools being able to participate. The more schools play, the better the competition and the more valuable the competition is to your kids. Our entry fee for each meet is:
$90 total/meet for unlimited entries for all ten events.
In addition, we offer a "Season Ticket" package deal...all 4 Regular Season Virtual Meets, the Virtual Regional Qualifiers' Meet and the Virtual State Qualifiers' Meet...all for only $450. That is potentially 6 meets for the already low price of what 5 would cost. So, if you buy the Season Ticket and become a certified Virtual Experience Charter Member, at minimum you are getting 60 tests throughout the year, plus the chance to compete with hundreds of schools across the State.
We are hosting the Virtual Challenge Meets and offering them for such a low cost because the more schools that participate, the better it is for our kids as we prepare them for District, Regional and State.
We think it is worth it to build up a solid, large base of schools and hopefully the Season Ticket or other Package Options will do that. We hope you and your team will join us.
Our 2013-2014 Virtual Challenge Meet schedule this year is:
- Virtual Challenge Meet #1 - October 19th
- Virtual Challenge Meet #2 - November 16th
- Virtual Challenge Meet #3 - December 14th
- Virtual Challenge Meet #4 - February 15th
- Regional Qualifiers Practice Meet - April 19th
- State Qualifiers Practice Meet - May 17th
So, thank you in advance for helping us spread the word and I hope you will join us in this endeavor. Interested coaches are asked to e-mail me at email@example.com, my e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (940) 782-9898 so I will be able to add you to our contact list, answer any questions and keep everyone informed.