Academic Programs

Academic Programs Advisory Committee:
NJPA Facilitator, Carol Jackson; Knowledge Bowl Coaches, and Spelling Bee Coordinators from the following participating districts:
Aitkin, Bertha-Hewitt, Brainerd, Browerville, Cass Lake-Bena, Crosby-Ironton, Crosslake Community School, Eagle Valley, Henning, Laporte, Little Falls, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Menahga, Nevis, Northland Community, Pequot Lakes, Pierz, Pillager, Pine River-Backus, Royalton, Sebeka, Staples Motley, Swanville, Upsala, Verndale, Wadena-Deer Creek, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley.

Knowledge Bowl

This interdisciplinary academic competition for grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 promotes academic achievement and rewards academic excellence. During a Knowledge Bowl meet, teams of students work cooperatively to solve oral and written round questions. No team is eliminated during a meet and every team participates in every round. Questions are related to all areas of learning typical of secondary educational programs.

Knowledge Bowl competitions test students’ recall and problem solving abilities, critical thinking skills and teamwork skills. Students compete in Round Robin competitions in January, February, and March. Sub-Regions and Regions are held in March. The top teams from Regions advance to MSC State Knowledge Bowl competitions. 

For Knowledge Bowl practice question sets and other material click the following link.  This is a password protected page.  Knowledge Bowl Material 

Knowledge Bowl-Junior High Level

Similar to Knowledge Bowl but for grades 7, 8 and 9. Regional competitions are held each spring.

Spelling Bee

The Spelling Bee is designed to help students improve their spelling and increase vocabulary development. In the spring of each year NJPA sponsors a Regional Spelling Bee for Member schools. The winner of the Regional Bee advances to the National Spelling Bee to represent our region.