History Day is an exciting co-curricular program that encourages young people to explore a historical subject related to an annual theme. Students make history come alive as their research leads to imaginative exhibits, original performances, informative documentaries and historical research papers. Each category is then divided into two divisions, junior (6th-8th grade) and senior (9th-12th) division. History Day demonstrates that students learn history when they do history. For more information, please visit the National Historical Society's website.
Junior Achievement uses hands-on experiences to help young people understand the economics of life. In partnership with business and educators, Junior Achievement brings the real world to students, opening their minds to their potential. For more information, please visit the Junior Achievement website.
The Stock Market Game" Program (SMG) is a highly successful, interactive, interdisciplinary educational tool used primarily in grades 4-12. The SMG motivates learning about economics, finance, and the American economic system. Participating students meet core educational requirements while engaging in an exciting simulation of how the investment world works. For more information, please visit the Stock Market Game website.
The Future Cities Competition provides 6th - 8th grade students an opportunity to better understand practical applications of math, science, language arts, social studies and computer learning as they plan their own cities. Students work with SimCity software with engineers assigned to support their learning to learn about cities, and develop a scale model with recycled materials. For more information, please visit the Future City Competition website.
Each year, school officials in grades K-12 and providers of academic enrichment programs offered statewide are invited to name their top students as Minnesota's Academic All-Stars. For more information, please visit the Synergy & Leadership Exchange website.
Programs that have received the Minnesota Academic League Council's endorsement are included in the Reach for the Stars catalogue, which is published as a public service by Synergy & Leadership Exchange, with generous support from Lifetouch Publishing. For more information, please visit synergyexchange.org/Educate/Reach.aspx.