Canadian Order of AHEPA District 23
Competition Rules for Students

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The Hellenic History Tournament (HHT) is sponsored by the Canadian Order of AHEPA (American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association) District #23, which encompasses Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island. Its objective is to help achieve the first two of the five missions of AHEPA, namely, to promote Hellenism and Education. It achieves this objective by identifying and rewarding those high school students who know the most about the 3500 year old history of the Hellenes. Questions are taken from the easy to study 260 page book, Hellenika.

The Tournament takes the form of a simplified game show like Jeopardy. Students compete in three-member teams, two teams at a time, in a round robin format. All teams have the opportunity to participate in the first two rounds. After the second round, the four teams that accumulate the most points (by answering the most questions correctly) remain in the competition, while the rest of the teams are eliminated. The competition now takes the form of a single elimination bracket, sudden death. In the third round, called the semifinals, the remaining four teams compete in two matches. The final two winning teams then proceed to the fourth and final round in a single match that determines the overall winners. See details under “5. Competition Format” below.

The tournament will take place if at least ten teams participate. Failure to attract at least 10 participating teams will result in the cancellation of the tournament.

The first prize is a $1,000 award to be given to each of the 3 members of the team that wins the final match. Each member of the winning team also receives a trophy inscribed with the words Hellenic History Trophy. In addition, the AHEPA chapter that sponsors the winning team receives a trophy cup also inscribed with the words Hellenic History Tournament which it keeps for a year, when it turns the cup over to the chapter that sponsors the following year’s winning team. The second prize is a $500 award for each of the members of the team that loses the final match. These prizes are meant to further the students’ educational aspirations. Each participant gets a certificate of participation.


Any student attending school grades 8-12 or First Year CEGEP minimum age 14 to maximum 18 at the time of competition is eligible and must be registered in a province located in District 23. Students must be sponsored by an AHEPA chapter. Exceptions may be made for teams sponsored by Hellenic communities that lack a nearby AHEPA chapter. AHEPA family membership, Hellenic heritage or Greek Orthodox religious affiliation is NOT required. However, the written approval of a parent or guardian on the registration form is required for eligibility. All teams require an adult chaperone.

Prospective participants who meet the eligibility requirements must register with the HHT Committee online by completing the ONLINE Registration form and complete payment online.This registration fee is $31.00 per participant which includes a copy of the book “Hellenika”, a book by Peter Limber about the history of the Hellenes, from which the questions and answers will be drawn. Or $11.00 if you already have a copy of the book Hellenika..

Before completing the online registration form, a student must:


Form and/or join a local three-member team and designate it on the registration form. Students who are not members of a three-member team cannot register.


The team members should choose one of their number to be the team captain who will be the spokesperson for the team. The captain name must be indicated on the form.


Secure the sponsorship of the nearest AHEPA chapter. Sponsorship is a chapter monetary contribution that must accompany every participating team and is the primary source of prize funds. The registration form contains a list of participating AHEPA chapters and provides the coordinates of the chapter HHT contacts. The sponsoring chapter and chapter contact must be indicated on the form. If there is no AHEPA Chapter, then a Hellenic Organization is acceptable.


Each student must register individually with a separate registration form.

If a registered student becomes unable to attend the competition, the remaining team member(s) can choose to either (1) replace him/her with another student in the appropriate age group, or (2) compete with fewer than three team members. In the latter case, should the team win first or second place, only the competitors present at the tournament will receive the individual winning prize ($1,000 or $500 each).

A match will consist of 24 questions. The two teams will alternate going through a question cycle. Each question cycle will consist of the following stages (assume it is the turn of Team A):

Team A chooses a question category of those remaining (see Questions & Answers below).

The moderator asks a question from that category.

Team A answers the question. If Team A answers the question correctly, it gets a point, and  the question cycle ends, with the initiative now going to Team B. If Team A answers the question incorrectly, it does not get a point, and Team B gets an opportunity to answer it and get a point. Whether Team B answers Team A’s question correctly or not, the question cycle ends, with the initiative now going to Team B.

This question cycle is repeated until a total of 24 questions have been asked. For a given match, the team that accumulates the most points (by answering the most questions correctly) is declared the winner. If, at the end of the 24 questions, the two teams are tied with the same number of points, additional questions will be asked until a clear winner emerges.

The competition structure will be a hybrid single-elimination tournament, with the first two rounds used to identify the four semi finalists who will compete in the last two single elimination rounds. The first two rounds will pit half the teams against the other half, with the specific match ups (Team A vs. Team B) determined by lot. If the number of teams is odd, the two teams that participate in only one of the first two rounds will compete with each other in a one-match mini-round designated 2a.

At the end of the second round (2 or 2a), four teams will be selected for the third round (the semifinals) using their cumulative score as the primary criterion and the number of wins they achieved as a tiebreaker. If there is still a tie, the two tied teams will compete in another one-match, mini-round (designated 2b) to determine which one will go on to the semifinals. This will bring the tournament to a traditional single-elimination bracket for the third and then the fourth and final round.

All decisions regarding validity of tournament answers have already been made and are final. There are no provisions for challenging these decisions and no resources for evaluating the challenges. If there are other issues during a match, the following appeals process will be followed:

  1. The Captain of each team will be the spokesperson for the team on the appeal. No adults.
  2. The appeal should be raised right away after it occurs and should be resolved immediately by the moderator.
  3. If the moderator cannot resolve the issue, the moderator should bring in the Dispute Resolution Advisor or the HHT Chairman who will be the final arbiter.

The tournament will take place Saturday, May 4th,2019 at
Upper Canada College | 200 Lonsdale Rd, Toronto, ON M4V 1W6 .

Student Registration Form and payment must be completed online.

Deadline: February 20, 2019 
Each team must have confirmed sponsorship by an AHEPA Chapter.