The North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities (NCASA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit school association that promotes academic excellence and success of North Carolina students through scholastic competition.
Who We Are
We believe that scholastic activities enrich students by satisfying their psychological and social needs. We believe that interscholastic competition motivates students to reach their full potential and teaches sportsmanship and teamwork.
- Trish Ramos - President
- Jesse Pittard - Vice President
- Doug Massengill - Treasurer
- Leon Pfeiffer - Executive Director
You can also view our full Current Board of Directors.
What We Do
We encourage the academic excellence and success of North Carolina students and schools by:
- Promoting existing scholastic activities and competitions.
- Creating innovative, enriching activities and competitions.
- Rewarding individuals and schools for participation and excellence.
The NCASA website is a growing source of information for all scholastic activities and competitions in North Carolina. We are working with existing organizations to provide information about these scholastic activities and competitions.
In addition to serving as a resource for academic activities and competitions, we have partnered with major scholastic competitions in North Carolina to present the NCASA Scholastic Cup and the NCSSM Challenge Cup. These awards are presented to the schools with the best overall performance in scholastic competitions hosted by NCASA and our Cup Partners.
As a component of the Scholastic Cup, NCASA presents seven scholastic competitions: Art Showcase, Quiz Bowl, The Quill, Twelve, Show Choir, Forensics, and Dance Ensemble.
How to Join
Membership in NCASA is open to all types of North Carolina middle and high schools -- public, charter, independent, and home school. Go to our Membership Page.
Read about our competitions below:
NC High School A Cappella Competition is presented by Liquid Fifth. A Cappella groups will compete on February 4, 2017 at Northwood High School in Pittsboro. REGISTRATION OPENS AUGUST 31 FOR THE 2017 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).