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Academic Excellence Challenge - AEC

This student activity was incorporated by the Kansas State Department of Education to showcase quality teaching and learning at the community college level. AEC is similar to College Bowl or high school High-Q.

In the fall and spring semesters students participate in scrimmages and regional and state competitions with other community colleges in Kansas. At the state competitions, student teams have the opportunity to win from $500 to $1,500.

Subjects covered at the competitions include art, literature, science, math, history, geography, and current events.  Since no individual is an expert in all subject areas this is a collaborative team effort. 

The state requires that participants be currently enrolled in at least six credit hours, carry a 2.0 GPA, and must be seeking an associates degree. AEC Scholarships are available.

Competitions include a Fall Preliminary Competition, a December Snow Bowl, National Academic Quiz Tournament in January, Kansas Community College Spring Regional, and the State Finals in April. 

Previous Events:

   

Cowley A places third at AEC Sectional Tournament

Cowley AOn Saturday, January 23 the Cowley AEC (Academic Excellence Challenge) teams headed to Cloud County Community College, in Concordia, KS to attend the NAQT (National Academic Quiz Tournaments) Sectionals Tournament. The tournament was attended by 14 teams from eight community colleges. read more

AEC TeamCowley AEC team hosts Snow Bowl tournament
Fifteen teams took part in the Academic Excellence Challenge (AEC) Snow Bowl Tournament Saturday at Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City.
Cowley had three teams represented at the tournament as the “A” team placed fourth, the “B” team finished ninth, and the two-person “C” team ended in 15th place. read more

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Cowley AEC team wins the KAEC state championship

Winning eight of nine rounds Thursday and Friday in Salina, the Cowley College Academic Excellence Challenge team captured its first state championship since 2001. read more

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AEC team competes at National Academic Quiz Tournament

Taking part in the National Academic Quiz Tournament Feb. 27-28 in Atlanta, GA, Cowley College’s Academic Excellence Challenge team competed well and placed 15th out of 24 teams. read more

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Cowley AEC team wins Sectional Championship

The Cowley College Academic Excellence Challenge (AEC) team qualified for nationals by winning the National Academic Quiz Tournament (NAQT) Community College Sectional Championship Saturday at Cloud County Community College in Concordia, KS. read more

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Cowley AEC team places fourth at KAEC State Championship
After placing ninth at last year’s KAEC State Championship, the Cowley College Academic Excellence Challenge team improved its performance by placing in a tie for fourth at the KAEC State Championship held April 3-4 at Kansas State University Salina.  read more

   

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Cowley hosts Snow Bowl competition
Cowley AEC hosted the yearly Snow Bowl competition on Saturday, Dec. 6. Seven colleges showed up ready to compete from 9-4 p.m.; Johnson County, Garden City, Allen County, Dodge City, Cloud County, Coffeyville, and Cowley. read more

   

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AEC teams have strong showings in its first competition
Cowley College’s AEC, Academic Excellence Challenge, competed in their first competition on Saturday, October 19 at Neosho County Community College in Chanute, KS. Cowley brought two teams of four students each.  read more

   

Academic Excellence on display at Cowley
Cowley College hosted the state Academic Excellence Challenge Snow Bowl Competition on Saturday. There were 15 teams competing, with eight Kansas Community Colleges and two Oklahoma Community Colleges participating.   read more

   

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AEC team ends with seventh place finish at state competition
Cowley College’s Academic Excellence Challenge (AEC) team competed at the State Academic Excellence Challenge competition Friday and Saturday at K-State Salina. Eleven community colleges competed at the event.  read more

   

Cowley College AEC team places second at Eastern Regional Meet
A lot of practice and hard work paid off for the Cowley College Academic Excellence Challenge team Saturday at the Eastern Regional meet held at Allen County Community College. Cowley College’s team comprised of Dylan Bristor, Cathleen Call, Patrick Curl, Brian Lowe, and Morgan Wilson placed second at the event with a total of 1,360 points. Kansas City Kansas Community College placed first with a total of 1,590 points.  read more

   

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Cowley AEC team competes at NAQT Invitational
The Cowley College Academic Excellence Challenge (AEC) team competed at the National Academic Quiz Tournament (NAQT) Invitational meet at Cloud County Community College on Saturday, January 21, 2012. read more
   

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Cowley AEC team takes part in Snow Bowl
The Cowley College AEC team competed at the annual Kansas Academic Excellence Challenge Snow Bowl this past Saturday at Hutchinson Community College. December 3, 2011. read more

 

For More Information Contact:  
AEC Sponsor:  
Dianne Flickinger
Cowley County Community College
125 South Second
Arkansas City, KS 67005
620.441.5211
Dianne.Flickinger@cowley.edu