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School/organization memberships:                 61
Registered teams:         151
     Problem 1:  29
     Problem 2:  24
     Problem 3:  22
     Problem 4:  22
     Problem 5:  40
     Primary:     14
Sunday, Jan. 24 — SAK Comedy Lab Spontaneous Workshop, 1-2 p.m. (doors open at 12:30), SAK Comedy Lab *FULL*

Friday, Jan. 15 — Deadline for Tournament Artwork Design Contest entries
Friday, Jan. 15 — Deadline for scholarship applications
Friday, Jan. 22 — Deadline for tournament program ads
Saturday, Feb. 6, 8 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. — MANDATORY Coaches Meeting, Edgewater High School
Saturday, Feb. 6, 8 a.m.-
4 p.m. — MANDATORY Judges Training, Edgewater High School
Saturday, Feb. 27, all day — Magic Center Regional Tournament, all day, Edgewater High School
Friday, Apr. 8 — Coaches Meeting at UCF (for teams competing at State)
Saturday, Apr. 9 — Florida Odyssey of the Mind Tournament, all day, UCF
Wednesday-Saturday, May 25-28 — Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, Iowa State University

Magic Center Region welcomes sponsors to help us produce the regional tournament and provide scholarships for teams to compete in the regional tournament or World Finals. If you have contacts who might be interested in partnering with us, please share the 2016 Sponsorship Package with them and let us know how to get in touch. We will waive the state tournament registration fee for any advancing team that helps us secure a sponsorship — monetary or in-kind — of at least $500.

Cheers for VoluntEARS!

     Walt Disney World Resort's Corporate Citizenship team has approved our request for Disney VoluntEARS support for the regional tournament! We are so excited and grateful for this support! Please reach out to your team members' parents and others in your networks who might know people who work at Disney and ask them to encourage their Disney connections to visit Disney's internal communication site to sign up to volunteer for us — either as workers or (especially) as judges. This helps our region in a significant way in that not only do we gain volunteer support, but Disney also will provide grants to Magic Center based on their employees' volunteerism.
     Disney is one of many local employers that offers volunteer grants. Please check out the Volunteer Grant Program sidebar on our How to Help page for other organizations that offer similar programs, and help us find volunteers from these companies.

Finalizing Judge Information

     All information for JUDGES must be finalized within the next couple of days, as we will be completing the schedule this weekend. Correct judge information ensures we do not assign a judge to a team for which they have a conflict. To make last-minute changes for the judge you registered, email Anna Long ASAP. 

Mandatory Judges Training
and Coaches Meeting

     Make sure your calendars are marked for Saturday, Feb. 6, the date of MANDATORY Judges Training and Coaches Meeting at Edgewater High School, 3100 Edgewater Drive, Orlando. The judges training is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the coaches meeting is from
8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
     All judges must attend the training, and cheese or pepperoni pizza will be provided for lunch. If they prefer, judges may bring their own lunch.
     At least one coach from each team must attend the coaches meeting.


Please Pick Up Makeup Kits

     If you ordered a theatrical makeup kit but have not yet picked it up, please contact Anna Long to make arrangements to do so by the end of the week.

SAK Sold Out

     The SAK Comedy Lab Spontaneous Workshop is sold out, and no additional waitlisted teams can be accommodated. All confirmed teams were emailed earlier today.

Program Ads

     If you are interested in placing a team ad or business ad in the 2016 Magic Center Region Tournament program, the cost is $100 for a quarter-page ad; $200 for a half-page ad; and $300 for a full-page ad. Ads are black and white, and the size and orientation specifications are in the Regional Tournament Program Advertisement Sizes document on the Forms page. Ads must be camera ready and emailed to Anna Long by Friday, January 22.

Scholarship Applications Due Jan. 15

     The deadline for high school seniors to apply for a Magic Center Region scholarship is Friday, Jan. 15.
     Information about eligibility and how to apply are on the Scholarship Form.

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