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Academic All-Stars and Families:
  • Registration for the Gathering of Champions is now full. If you would like to be added to our waitlist, please contact us.
  • If you are currently registered for a show and are unable to attend or no longer need all of your seats, please contact us as soon as possible so those seats may be made available to All-Stars and families on the waitlist.
  • To make changes the day of the event, please go to the check-in table and volunteers will be able to assist you.
**Please note that Synergy staff and volunteers will be at the event and will not be available to answer calls or emails on Aug. 2 and Aug. 3.

We look forward to celebrating Minnesota's Academic All-Stars on Aug. 3!”

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 – 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?
2018 Gathering of Champions T-shirts

Purchase your 2018 Gathering of Champions T-shirts today. Shirts are sold through City Shirts and available for purchase online through Proceeds from shirt sales help fund next year's event.


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2018 Gathering of Champions Logo Contest 
Congratulations to Anthony Fuentes, a 5th grade student from Eagle View Elementary, who submitted the winning design. Fuentes’ design will appear on promotional and event materials for the Gathering of Champions, which will be held Friday, Aug. 3 at the Mall of America. 

THANK YOU to our generous sponsors and all those who attended the 2017 Gathering of Champions!

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