The Opening Ceremonies of the 2024 International Academic Competitions Middle & Elementary School National Championships will take place on Thursday evening, May 23 from 8pm-8:45pm at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. Note that there will be competitions taking place earlier that day, but by this point in the evening, many more families will have arrived in Orlando. The Opening Ceremonies will begin with the Parade of States, with each competing state and territory having an honorary flagbearer chosen as a result of their performances over the course of the 2023-24 academic year. We will then go over a few important announcements, discuss some IAC news and plans, and then have a moderated Q and A session. For this, parents and students will be able to submit IAC questions in advance (please send these to about any aspects of our programs. We’ll reply to all questions, but we will select the questions likely to be of greatest interest to the widest audience, and respond to some of these during the Opening Ceremonies.
Note that due to space constraints, access to the Opening Ceremonies will be by ticket only. These will be free of charge, but will need to be acquired in advance at the check-in desk upon arrival in Orlando. For everyone else, the Opening Ceremonies will be live-streamed and can be viewed that way.