The program was originally conceived of in 1983. In January 1985, the Academic Bowl became the first program supported by the PAGE Foundation, Inc. Approximately 750 middle school boys and girls participated in this challenging competition during its inaugural year, 1984-1985. During the 2017-2018 school year approximately 1,250 students from 44 public school systems and 22 independent schools participated. A total of 50 Georgia counties were represented.
The continuing success of the program is due in large measure to the fact that Governor Joe Frank Harris not only endorsed the program but participated in the first state final competition in 1985. Such leading figures as Zell Miller, Guy Sharp, Glenn Burns, Ray Moore and Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor have been involved with the program over the past three decades. This program contributes to PAGE’s continuing efforts for recognizing and promoting academic excellence and good citizenship in the following ways:
- Creates good work/study habits
- Broadens individual horizons of factual information
- Develops poise and confidence in students presenting themselves to the public
- Develops teamwork and good citizenship qualities
- Instills an appreciation for the pursuit of knowledge
Our current logo was unveiled for the 2004 20th Anniversary season. It was designed by Zachary Melroy, an Academic Bowl participant at DeKalb County’s Henderson Middle School.
Are you interested in being a PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades Regional Coordinator? Please contact us for more information.
PAGE Academic Bowl State Coordinator
Phone: 770-216-8555 (Metro Atlanta)
Toll-free: 800-334-6861 (outside Atlanta)