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About the Gathering of Champions
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. Thanks to the financial support of several partners, Synergy & Leadership Exchange hosts a free recognition event for the Academic All-Stars. Recognition certificates are available to school officials who want to honor and recognize their Academic All-Stars at a local ceremony, or who are unable to attend the state event.

Students are selected as Academic All-Stars by their schools, with the recommended selection criteria including:
  • Students who are consistent top academic performers 
  • Students who have shown significant improvement in achievement or have overcome barriers to academic achievement 
  • Students who are local, regional or state champions in a Minnesota Academic League Council approved event. The names of approved programs are found in the Reach for the Stars catalogue, which is available online at www.synergyexchange.org – click on “Reach for the Stars” under the Educate tab.
Organizations whose programs or services are endorsed by the Academic League Council also are invited to nominate their regional, state, national or international champions as Academic All-Stars.  Registration of students is conducted each spring via this website by teachers, principals or other school officials, who then receive an invitation to the Gathering of Champions to share with their students and the students' parents.

The Gathering of Champions currently is held at the Mall of America in Bloomington the first Friday in August. A series of hourly recognition programs is held throughout the day, featuring the parade of the Academic All-Stars across stage to receive certificates of achievement and congratulations from attending dignitaries. Participating students also receive commemorative memorabilia, and discount coupons for rides in Nickelodeon Universe® and purchases at participating Mall of America merchants to share with family and friends who attend.

The Gathering of Champions was first held in 1990 on the grounds of the State Capitol, and later hosted at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, until the program was put on hold due to a loss of state funding in 2002. The recognition event was reinstated a year later in response to popular support from school officials and volunteer efforts led by Fridley High School principal David Webb.

Questions about the Gathering of Champions?
2017 Gathering of Champions T-shirts Available!
Purchase your 2017 Gathering of Champions T-shirts today. Shirts are sold through City Shirts and available for purchase online through ebay.com. Proceeds from shirt sales help fund next year's event.
 
 
 
 
 
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Calling all students . . .
Help design the 2018 Gathering of Champions logo!
Submit your original logo design ideas for the 2018 Gathering of Champions, which will appear on the certificates of achievement, T-shirts, banners and other materials. More information.
 
 

 
 
THANK YOU to our generous sponsors and all those who attended the 2017 Gathering of Champions!
 
View photos from the 2017 Gathering of Champions (coming soon).


Gathering of Champions Golf Tournament Fundraiser
Thank you to all the golfers and sponsors who made the Gathering of Champions golf tournament on July 12 a success! It was a great day of networking, creating friendships and supporting Minnesota academic student all-stars! Look for this golf tournament to return in July 2018 at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd, MN!
 
Contact Cassi Wanous for more information. 
  
 


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