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2016 War of the Roses EGUMPP Grammar Bowl Official Rules

Sponsors
The sponsors of the 2016 War of the Roses EGUMPP Grammar Bowl (the "Grammar Bowl") are Apple Automotive, 950 Smile Way York, Pennsylvania 17404, and The National Foundation for Improving English Grammar and Writing (the "Administrator"), Consolidated School of Business, and Safran Publishing Company, all located at 1605 Clugston Road, York, Pennsylvania 17404 (collectively, the "Sponsors").

Eligibility
A participant in the Grammar Bowl must:
  • Be living with a family member or legal guardian whose official residence is in Lancaster or York county from the time of registration to the date of the final competition;
  • Be enrolled in the 9th grade during the 2015-2016 school year at a public, private, charter, or home school;
  • Be at least 13 years old as of January 1, 2016;
  • Not have earned a high school diploma or legal equivalent of a high school diploma; and
  • Not have missed normal school activities in order to study for the Grammar Bowl.
Sponsors may disqualify, during any stage of the competition and in their sole discretion, any participant who is not in compliance with the above Eligibility Requirements. Non-compliance revokes prizes and/or other benefits. Void where prohibited by law. The Grammar Bowl is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Registration
To compete in the Grammar Bowl, individuals must first register on the EGUMPP Grammar Bowl website, www.grammarbowl.com (the "Website") between February 3, 2016, and March 31, 2016.

Individuals must follow these steps to register:
  • Enter information about the participant, including name, birth date, address, phone number, email address, parent/guardian name, parent/guardian's email address, parent/guardian’s primary phone number, and the name of the school the participant attends (or if home-schooled, indicate so);
  • Agree to the Official Rules of the Grammar Bowl
After the participant's eligibility is confirmed, the participant will receive an email containing instructions for getting started with the Module. The email will include instructions for creating an EGUMPP Student Portal account and a free license key for EGUMPP Module I - Grammar (20 building-block grammar lessons, mastery test, and an eBook) (the "Module").
  • The EGUMPP Grammar Module is completed online. Most students can complete the EGUMPP Grammar Module in 15 to 20 hours total. The deadline for completing the Module and qualifying for the Semifinals is April 23, 2016.
  • Before you begin a mastery test, you may retake any Practice to Mastery lesson test as many times as you wish to improve your lesson grade. Once you begin the mastery test, you can no longer improve any lesson grade. Each part of the mastery test may be attempted only three times.
  • Use of the Module requires Microsoft Silverlight Plug-In, which is a free browser plug-in from Microsoft. If you do not have Silverlight on your computer, you will be prompted to download it.
  • For specific computer requirements to run the EGUMPP system, see the EGUMPP website at www.egumpp.com
Participation and Qualification Requirements
The Grammar Bowl consists of three stages of competition:

Stage 1: Preliminaries
To participate in the Preliminaries, eligible individuals must complete the Module between February 3, 2016, and April 23, 2016. A previously completed EGUMPP Grammar Module (Module I) cannot be used to qualify for participation in the Grammar Bowl. In order to qualify for the Semifinals, the second stage of competition, participants must score a minimum final grade of 91% on the Grammar Module. If a registered participant qualifies for the Semifinals, notifications will be sent to the parent/guardian's email address and the participant's email address on or about April 25, 2016. There is no limit to the number of participants who can qualify for the Semifinals. Participants have until 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 23, 2016 to qualify for the Semifinals.

Stage 2: Semifinals
The Semifinals will take place at the Lancaster Campus and the York Campus of Consolidated School of Business, on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Semifinalists will be notified of the scheduled time and location (Consolidated School of Business in Lancaster or Consolidated School of Business in York). Semifinalists will complete a multiple-choice test and a writing test within a specified amount of time (90 minutes) (“Semifinal Test”). Semifinal Test questions will be based on the concepts and terms presented in the EGUMPP Grammar Module. Written Test Scoring: Sentences will be graded by impartial graders and points will be awarded only for responses that are completely correct. Multiple-Choice Test Scoring: 1 point awarded for each correct answer and 1/4 point deducted for each incorrect response.

The Semifinal Test will be offered only on Saturday, April 30, 2016. This test will not be offered at any other location or any other time. If a Semifinalist does not take the test on this day, he/she will not be given an opportunity to take the test on another day.

The 32 highest scoring participants from Lancaster County and the 32 highest scoring participants from York County will qualify for the Finals and be notified by email and phone on or about Friday, May 6, 2016.

A Semifinalist who qualifies for the Finals (a “Qualifying Finalist") must accept the invitation to participate in the Finals by Wednesday, May 11, 2016. In the event that a Qualifying Finalist does not respond by May 11, 2016, or chooses not to participate, an alternate Finalist will be selected. A Qualifying Finalist who does not participate in the Finals is not eligible to receive any Finalist prizes.

In the event that a tie score would cause more than 32 participants to be selected as Semifinalists from either Lancaster or York, the following tiebreaking procedures will be used to determine which of the participants with the tie score are chosen as Finalists:
  • Tiebreaker #1: Highest final grade on the EGUMPP Grammar Module
  • Tiebreaker #2: Random drawing
Stage 3: Finals
The Grammar Bowl Finals will take place at a location in Lancaster or York County on Saturday morning, May 14, 2016, the location of which will be determined and announced by Administrator on or about March 30, 2016 on the Website.

The 64 Finalists will participate in head-to-head competition rounds (defined below) until only one finalist remains and is declared the champion. This is a live event in which the finalists are orally tested on grammar terms, specific function of words in sentences, specific function of phrases and clauses in sentences, and different types of sentences.

Finals Competition Format
Head-to-Head Competition Rounds
The Head-to-Head Competition Rounds consist of five rounds where each participant competes against another participant live on-stage that includes the use of handheld buzzers and a timer system.

The competition will begin with one of the 32 Lancaster county participants competing against one of the 32 York country participants. This format will continue until 32 matches have been completed. The first contestant in each of the matches that correctly answer a pre-determined number of questions moves to the second round – Terrific 32. These head-to-head matches continue in the third round – Super 16, the fourth round – the Magnificent 8, and the fifth round – Fabulous 4.

The initial order of appearance of the contestants and a head-to-head pairings for the first round will feature a Lancaster County participant versus a York Country participant. The order of appearance will be randomly selected by the Administrator prior to the event. Subsequent round pairings will be based upon the initial order.

Championship Round
In the Championship Round, the final two contestants compete head-to-head to determine who will become the 2016 War of the Roses EGUMPP Grammar Bowl Champion.

Additional Participation Instructions and Requirements
Before Semifinals and Finals, each eligible participant will receive from Sponsors by e-mail further instructions relating to each competition. Participants must abide by these Official Rules and any additional instructions and requirements provided by Sponsors. Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify a participant for not abiding by such rules, including, but not limited to:
  1. Participants must check in at their scheduled location by the specified time.
  2. Cell phone use during competitions is prohibited. This policy also applies to any other prohibited digital or electronic device such as a BlackBerry, pager, iPad, personal digital assistant, iPod, AppleWatch, MP3 player, camera, other photographic equipment, or an unapproved timer of any kind.
  3. Participants must bring the requested documentation, including proper photo ID, to each testing site.
Judging and Grading
The multiple choice test questions included on the Semifinal Test are scored by an electronic scanner, the results of which are final. Written answers provided at Semifinals and oral answers provided at Finals will be judged by Sponsors, teachers, professors, experts and/or other individuals (collectively, the "Judges"), whose decisions are final on all matters relating to the Grammar Bowl. Judges may ask Finalists to repeat or clarify their oral answers; however, Finalists are not entitled an opportunity to clarify their answers. Judges are not responsible for any participant's misunderstanding of a question.

Prizes
Total approximate retail value ("ARV") of minimum prizes to be awarded = $11,556. The prize structure for the minimum number of prizes to be awarded is as follows:

GRAND PRIZE FOR FIRST PLACE: Five-day trip for four to Orlando, Florida. Trip includes roundtrip, coach-class air transportation for 4 from a major airport near First Place winner's residence to a major airport that serves the Orlando, Florida area; 4 nights standard hotel accommodations (two-bedroom villa); four 4-day Magic Your Way Base Tickets to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and a 5 day car rental for transportation to/from the airport/hotel/around Orlando, Florida. The ARV of the Grand Prize is $4,000. Grand Prize trip must take place within 1 year of prize award or on the dates specified by Sponsors, or prize will be forfeited. Airline carrier's/hotel operator's/car rental company's regulations and conditions apply to Grand Prize. Grand Prize trip may not be combined with any other offer and travel may not qualify for frequent flyer miles. Grand Prize winner and travel companions must travel together on the same itinerary. Grand Prize winner and travel companions must possess valid travel documents (i.e., valid government issued photo ID) in order to travel. Certain restrictions and blackout dates may apply to the Grand Prize. Seat selection and timing of trip subject to availability and confirmation of reservations. No refunds or credit for changes are allowed.

FIRST PLACE AND SECOND PLACE: $1,000 Scholarship to a post-secondary school in the U.S. of student's choice. Winner scholarships are subject to the recipient being accepted to the post-secondary school in the United States of their choice. A recipient of a Grammar Bowl Scholarship has until the fall of 2021 to use the scholarship. Scholarships are non-transferable. Scholarships have no cash value.

FIRST PLACE THROUGH FOURTH PLACE: Apple™ iPad® mini 4 16GB (ARV $399 each)

FIRST PLACE THROUGH EIGHTH PLACE: Beats® By Dr. Dre™ Solo2 On-Ear Headphones (ARV $199 each)

FIRST PLACE THROUGH SIXTEENTH PLACE: $50 VISA Gift Card (ARV $50)

FIRST PLACE THROUGH THIRTY-SECOND PLACE: $25 VISA Gift Card (ARV $25)

ALL PARTICIPATING FINALISTS (UP TO 64): $ Grammar Bowl Finalist T-Shirt (ARV $12).

Finalists will be awarded prizes at the conclusion of the Finals on Saturday, May 14, 2016. All individuals invited to be a Finalist must compete in the Finals in order to receive any Finalist prizes. No prizes will be awarded to any Finalist who is not present and/or does not compete.

Prizes are non-assignable and non-transferable. No substitutions or cash redemptions, except Sponsors reserve the right in their sole discretion to substitute prize(s) (or a portion of a prize) of comparable value if any prize (or a portion of a prize) listed is unavailable, in whole or in part, for any reason. In the case of unavailability of any prize (or a portion of a prize), Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. Sponsors reserve the right to award additional prizes, which will be announced before the Semifinals. Odds of winning will depend on the total number of eligible participants and individual skills of the participants. In the event there are not enough eligible participants, Sponsors may, at their sole discretion, choose a lesser number of Semifinalists and Finalists than stated in these Official Rules. Prizes will be awarded only if the potential prize winner fully complies with these Official Rules. Winners shall be solely responsible for all federal, state and/or local taxes and the reporting consequences thereof and all other costs incurred in claiming the prize. Unless otherwise specified herein, any other transportation, meals, tips, gratuities, taxes, phone charges, travel upgrades and other unspecified expenses (including, without limitation, mini-bar, gas, insurance), fees, surcharges, and expenses not mentioned herein associated with the acceptance, award, enjoyment, and/or use of a prize are the winner's responsibility. Sponsors are not responsible for winner limitations that prevent acceptance or use of any prize. A parent/legal guardian of the First Place winner and any travel companions or guest(s) of the First Place winner who is a minor must sign and return a liability/publicity release prior to travel.

Conditions of Participating
By participating in the Grammar Bowl, participants fully and unconditionally agree to be bound by these Official Rules, any instructions for each competition stage, and the decisions of the Judges, which will be final and binding in all matters relating to the Grammar Bowl. Participation in the Grammar Bowl and acceptance of any prize constitutes each winner's permission for Sponsors to print, publish, broadcast and use, worldwide in any media now known or hereafter developed, discovered or devised, including but not limited to the World Wide Web, at any time or times, his/her full name and address, likeness, photograph, picture, portrait, voice, biographical information and/or any statements made by the winner regarding the Grammar Bowl or Sponsors and/or prize information for advertising, trade, and promotional purposes without review, approval or notice or additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. By participating, participants agree to release and hold harmless Sponsors and their directors, officers, employees, representatives and agents (“Related Parties”) from any and all liability, for loss, harm, damage, injury, cost or expense whatsoever including without limitation, property damage, personal injury and/or death which may occur in connection with participation in the Grammar Bowl, or from participant's possession, acceptance and/or use or misuse of any prize or participation in any Grammar Bowl-related activity and for any claims based on for any typographical or other error in the printing, offering or announcement of the prize or publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy and merchandise delivery. Winners may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and a Release of Liability/Publicity for the specific prize before prize will be awarded. In such case, the participant must have the Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release signed on his/her behalf by his/her parent or legal guardian. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in forfeiture of prize.

Additional Terms
Sponsors are not responsible for technical, hardware, software, telephone or other communications malfunctions, errors or failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, web site, Internet, or ISP availability, or inoperability of the Module, unauthorized human intervention, traffic congestion, incomplete or inaccurate capture of registration information (regardless of cause) or failed, incomplete, garbled, jumbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit one's ability to participate in the Grammar Bowl, including any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's computer relating to or resulting from participating in the Grammar Bowl, completing the Module or downloading any materials to participate in the Grammar Bowl.

Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, extend or suspend the Grammar Bowl (in their sole discretion) if any virus, bugs, tampering, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, technical failures, or other causes beyond their control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Grammar Bowl. Sponsors are not responsible if Grammar Bowl, in whole or in part, cannot take place or if any prize cannot be awarded due to acts of God, acts of war, natural disasters, weather or acts of terrorism. Sponsors reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual they find to be tampering with the registration process or the operation of the Grammar Bowl or the Website. Sponsors may prohibit an individual from participating in the Grammar Bowl or winning a prize if, in their sole discretion, they determine that said individual does not comply with these Official Rules or attempts to undermine the legitimate operation of the Grammar Bowl by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair playing practices or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other participants or Sponsors' representatives.

CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A PARTICIPANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE GRAMMAR BOWL MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSORS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Use of Data
The personal information provided by the participant will be used solely for the purposes of this Grammar Bowl and will not be rented, sold, exchanged, given, or transferred to any third party.

Name of Winners
The names of the Finalists will be posted on the Website on or about May 21, 2016.