Registration for the Second-Annual Arizona EGUMPP Grammar Bowl, sponsored by Grand Canyon University, is quickly approaching.

 The deadline to register for the 2012 Arizona EGUMPP Grammar Bowl is Jan. 7, 2012. The academic competition for eighth and ninth-graders focuses on grammar concepts and terminology and is open to students throughout the state. The Arizona Grammar Bowl offers students an opportunity to win scholarships, prizes and a trip to Washington, D.C.

 EGUMPP (Electronic Grammar Usage Mechanics Proficiency Program) is an innovative online application that helps students develop a solid understanding of grammar, usage, punctuation and writing mechanics. The lessons build on each other to increase each participant’s mastery of grammar concepts. Students are scored by the program and teachers receive detailed reports on each student’s performance, providing a valuable teaching tool.

 The entry fee for the Arizona Grammar Bowl is $29 per student.  However, each participating school is offered five complimentary registrations, courtesy of Safran Publishing, the creator of the EGUMPP program, and nonprofit organization NNEII (National Network for Education Improvement Initiatives). Also eligible for the Grammar Bowl are home-schooled students who are 13-15 years old as of Sept. 1, 2011.

 Last year’s Grammar Bowl final competition drew the attention of Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal, who was in attendance.

“What an intense and exciting experience. The finalists’ knowledge of grammar concepts was impressive,” he said. “I am very much looking forward to next year’s Grammar Bowl.”

 There are four stages of competition: Preliminaries, Regionals, Semi-Finals and Finals.


Once registered students have until Jan. 31 to complete the preliminaries, which consist of 20 lessons and a mastery test.  Competitors with a minimum final grade of 90 percent advance to the Regionals.  (The average time to complete the 20 online lessons and mastery test is 15 hours).


The regionals, held Feb. 20-24, consist of an online mastery test with the 90 top-scoring contestants advancing to the semi-finals.


On March 24, the semi-finalists will complete a written test held at the Arizona State Capitol. The top 24 scorers will advance to the finals at Grand Canyon University Arena on April 14, 2012.


On April 14, the live event at Grand Canyon University Arena will feature individual elimination rounds, a redemption or reduction round (based on the number of remaining contestants), head-to-head competition rounds and the championship round with the two final contestants competing one-on-one.

 The 2011 Arizona Grammar Bowl champion was Mercedes Larios, a ninth-grader from Arizona School for the Arts. “I thought that the entire experience was very rewarding,” she said. “I improved so much in my grammar, and I had a great time competing and winning. This is such a good program, and I think that more students should be exposed to it.”

Prizes for the 2012 EGUMPP Grammar Bowl include $100 gift cards and t-shirts to the 90 semi-finalists; $200 gift cards and t-shirts to the top 24 finalists; Beats By Dr. Dre Monster high-definition noise-canceling headphones to the top 16 finalists; iPads (approximate retail value $500) to the top eight; a $5,000 scholarship to the school of their choice to the top four finalists; and a four-day trip for four to Washington, D.C. to the champion.

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