The NCASA presents scholastic competitions that promote intellectual achievement and excellence in North Carolina students. In addition to running a variety of key contests, we also encourage students to participate in other state competitions that contribute to the NCSSM Challenge Cup or NCASA Scholastic Cup. You can view overviews on this page, or click on the links below to go to that section of our site.


NCASA will partner with CAM Productions and NC Public Television to present Mastermind - a brand new televised high school quiz bowl type activity. The competition is under development so check back for updates!



NC High School A Cappella Competition is presented by Liquid Fifth. Registration opens in the fall for the spring competition.


 Art Showcase is a competition that recognizes both the best individual artists and best art programs in North Carolina schools. An unlimited number of students in each school may participate in the school-level competition. Students are presented with a prompt and given about one month to create their submission. Media categories include painting, drawing, collage, photography, and other creative efforts. Electronic copies of submissions are sent to NCASA and forwarded to judges. Submissions from top teams and students from each category advance to the State Finals and are evaluated by judges in a live exhibition.



NCASA presents the first ever statewide scholastic dance ensemble competition in North Carolina. Read the Overview below for additional information on this new activity.



NCASA presents the first ever statewide middle school forensics tournament in North Carolina. Read the Overview below for additional information on this activity, including the events in the competition. 



Teams of four students must create written products given a prompt from a specific text type. The Quill is an original competition developed in cooperation with the North Carolina Reading Association (NCRA), and is aligned with Common Core standards.



Two teams of four compete head to head to be the first to answer questions read by a moderator. Quiz Bowl is presented in cooperation with National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT).



Show choirs first compete in Regionals to qualify for the State Final each year, in the only competition of its kind in the state of North Carolina. 



Teams of twelve students tackle twelve topics with twelve questions each. Twelve is an original competition developed by the North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities (NCASA).


Competitions that partner with the Scholastic and Challenge Cups.