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ATOMS is designed to provide the academically talented students of your middle school (grades 6-8) a forum in which to excel and earn both prestige and prize money for the schools they represent. The tournament follows a “quiz bowl” format, pitting one school against one of many other schools in three (3) rounds of competition.

Guidelines
We are pleased to announce the sixth annual Academic Tournament Open to Middle Schools (ATOMS). Middle Schools throughout the state of New Jersey have been invited to participate.  ATOMS is an offspring of the Bridgewater-Raritan Education Association’s high school competition, the Bridgewater-Raritan Invitational Tournament of Excellence (B.R.I.T.E.). The B-REA has been both host and sponsor of this competition for over twenty-eight years.

Eligibility
Any middle school in New Jersey may select by any means it deems appropriate six students (a four-person game panel and two substitutes) who will represent the school in competition. One of the four competitors shall be the designated spokesperson for the team and shall be the sole oral respondent.

Format
Competition will take the form of a modified Jeopardy game. The questions will cover a variety of subject areas and will be graduated in difficulty. Each of these will carry a point value proportionate to its degree of difficulty. Questioning will alternate from team to team, with chances to “double score” one’s opponent by correctly answering a question previously answered incorrectly by the opponent.

Game Rooms
In each Game Room there will be two competing teams, a timekeeper (who may be a student from either school who is not competing at the time), a scorer and a questioner. The questioner must be one of the two adult coaches present. Rounds 1, 2, and 3 are paired completely at random. Elimination rounds will be power-paired.

Awards
Recognition will be awarded to outstanding schools and to individual team members at the conclusion of the competition. Certificates and trophies will be awarded, and the winning schools will take home checks in a sizable amount to be deposited in the school’s scholarship fund.

Direct questions, registration forms, and fees to:

ATOMS
Mary Scott, Registration Director
P.O. Box 6933
Bridgewater Raritan Middle School
Bridgewater, New Jersey 08807

For any questions regarding registration please call:
Mary Scott at 908-627-0818
Telephone-231-8661 EXT. 688
e-mail her at mscott@brrsd.k12.nj.us

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